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If you’re a Windows Insider, then you have a nifty little feature to try out in the latest Skype Preview for both Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The latest update to Microsoft’s premiere messaging app allows you to both send and receive text messages via your Windows 10 PC using the SMS relay feature. The only catch is that the Skype Preview must be set as your default messaging app on your Windows 10 Mobile device. “There’s no need to reach for your phone – you can view new messages as they arrive and respond to messages from your computer,” writes Microsoft’s Suzanne Choney in a blog posting.... Read more...
Skype was founded in the city of London way back in 2003. Unfortunately, Skype’s newest office in that same city is coming under Microsoft’s surgical scalpel in a fresh round of layoffs. Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 for a staggering (at the time) $8.5 billion, and perhaps its investment isn’t paying off as handsomely as originally expected – especially with the rise of hugely popular messaging apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. Microsoft is closing its European headquarters in a concerted consolidation effort, putting nearly 400 jobs on ice. According to the Financial Times, Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft's been on a mission to bring a series of artificially intelligent chatbots to its Skype service as a way to enhance Skype and offer new experiences. That effort continues today with the introduction several more Skype Bots, including Spock, who can help you learn the ways of Vulcan logic (or provide a distraction from work). This whole bot thing kicked off in April when Microsoft rolled out a series of preview Skype Bots. They've been well received and there are now over 30,000 developers building bots on the Skype platform, with thousands able to share their bots through a Skype join... Read more...
At its Build conference this past spring, Microsoft unveiled the latest killer feature for its Skype service: Chatbots. Chatbots are bots, as the name implies, that can chat intelligently with users to give them the information they're looking for quickly and easily. While customer service is a focal point of many chatbots, we've likely yet to see the full potential of these natural language-equipped AI beings. In fact, we've yet to see the full potential of chatbot adoption, too. In a recent blog post, Microsoft notes that an impressive 30,000 developers have begun working with Skype's chatbots... Read more...
Looking to save a few bucks on your videoconferencing needs? Microsoft has your back with Skype Meetings, essentially a lightweight version of Skype for Business. It's free to use for up to 10 people at at time (for the first 60 days, then it drops to 3 people), all you need is an Internet connection, web browser, speaker, and camera, all of which are bundled on most modern devices. Skype Meetings provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD videoconferences. It also boasts collaboration features, such as the ability to share screens and content during meetings. When you setup a Skype... Read more...
Starship isn’t just the name of a rocking 80’s band or an interstellar spacecraft -- it is also the name of a new company by former Skype co-founders which intends to improve local deliveries through self-driving, autonomous robots. A friendly little robot could soon be delivering your pepperoni pizza instead of a moody neighborhood teen. Ahti Heinla, a Skype co-founder and CEO at Starship Technologies remarked, “Our vision revolves around three zeroes – zero cost, zero waiting time and zero environmental impact. We want to do to local deliveries what Skype did to telecommunications.” Starship... Read more...
Cyanogen 13.1 is rolling out to the OnePlus One. The OnePlus One will feature MOD, an integrated mobile platform that was first announced in February and is now officially available. MOD enables mods on phones or “ intelligent, contextually aware, and lightweight experiences built natively into the mobile operating system.” Third party apps can now take advantage of platform APIs, with a prominent one allowing you to view Twitter feeds on your lock screen. Users will simply need to wake up their phone and swipe left in order to have access to their Twitter feed. Users can also call... Read more...
In case it hasn't proven obvious enough up to this point, Facebook cares a lot about its Messenger platform. When the company decided to force migrate people over to its standalone Messenger service two summers ago, it was a hint of what was to come. Over the past couple of years, it's become increasingly clear that Messenger could become as important as Facebook itself. Less than two weeks ago, we learned that Facebook would be employing "Chatbots" on its Messenger service, which would allow companies to automatically respond to certain queries submitted by users, reducing the need for a real... Read more...
Bots are taking over, folks. Do you hear us? We said bots are taking over! But don't worry, we're not talking about the inevitable kowtowing of humans to our future robot overlords, these are software bots for Skype that are now available on Mac systems, and they're friendly. They're also useful in certain situations, which is why Microsoft is so keen on pushing out Skype Bots.Microsoft introduced Skype Bots earlier in the month at Microsoft's Build 2016 conference as a way to enhance the Skype experience and also to showcase how these artificial intelligence technologies can bring about new experiences.... Read more...
Since its launch in 2013, Slack has risen to superstardom. In a recent blog post, the company highlighted some of its recent milestones, which includes hitting 2.3 million daily active users by its second anniversary, over 675,000 paid seats, and over $64 million in annual revenue. Not bad for a software solution that came out of nowhere just a couple of years ago. Given its meteoric success, it's only a matter of time before this cloud-based collaboration tool gets snapped up by a bigger company, but that company apparently isn't going to be Microsoft. According to TechCrunch, Microsoft apparently... Read more...
Since its initial release over a decade ago, Skype has evolved to become the de facto application for those wanting to chat online. It works great as a simple messenger, but also quite well for 1v1 video chats, or even group chats. While the service might have its own caveats, its reliability has effectively locked in a great number of people. Because of its reliability, even game streamers have adopted its use to chat with fans during a broadcast. But up until this point, there has been a serious flaw tying into this: users could quite easily discover the IP address of a broadcaster, then target... Read more...
Have you ever tried to convince someone to download and install Skype? It's not always easy -- everyone has their preferred messaging and communication platform and they don't want to clutter up their PC with multiple protocols. If Skype is the one you roll with, the good news is you can now invite others to join a Skype chat simply by sharing a unique link, no installation required. "Anyone can join the chat as a guest from their computer using Skype for Web and enjoy one to one or group instant messaging, voice and video calls. No Skype account or app download required," Microsoft explains in... Read more...
After spending just over nine months in beta, Microsoft is today pushing out its Skype Translator feature to users worldwide. Given the scale of a service like Skype, though, it's going to take a couple of weeks before all users will be able to take advantage of it. We'd assume that those who participated in the preview will have immediate access. Skype Translator is Microsoft's effort to bring people together all over the world, regardless of their language. As it stands today, over 50 written languages are supported as well as 6 spoken languages (English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and... Read more...
Skype appears to be stumbling a bit this morning, to the chagrin of its users. The Microsoft Skype team posted a note on its blog today alerting users that it is aware of the problem and promising to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. More than one problem is bugging Skype at the moment, but by far its largest issue is that, for many Skype users, all contacts are showing as offline. Not only does this mean that you can’t see who is available for a Skype call – it also means that you can’t Skype call them, even if you know they are online. Skype (understandably) can’t make calls to users... Read more...
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