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Your mama, and now Microsoft, wants you to watch your mouth. Microsoft "may stop providing Services" or "close your Microsoft account" if you "publicly display or use the Services to share inappropriate content or material". "Offensive language" was listed as potentially inappropriate content. The new services agreement was posted this month and will go into effect Tuesday, May 1st for U.S. users.  The service agreement applies to a number of Microsoft services such as Bing, Cortana MSN.com, Office, Skype, and Xbox Live. If one's Microsoft services are cancelled, either by themselves or by... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a new device for virtual meetings and conferences that is called the Elite Slice for Meeting Rooms G2 with Skype Room Systems (that's a mouthful) along with a new 43-inch diagonal 4K conferencing display. The Slice integrates all the voice, video, and data capability needed for real-time collaboration into one device. The SRS version of the device also enables high-quality audio and video via Skype for Business. "Online collaboration continues to fuel growth around the globe, and we are pleased that HP Inc. is bringing the next generation of Skype Room Systems... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that it has tweaked Skype to optimize the messaging app to work more efficiently on older Android devices; specifically those running Android 4.0.3 to 5.1. The update started to roll out in the last few days and requires less storage space and has lighter memory consumption to improve overall performance. Microsoft says that the less stringent requirements means a faster app and better audio and video quality for lower-end devices. The updated app will also have better performance in "challenging" network conditions. Essentially this means on old devices running on networks... Read more...
Microsoft has confirmed a nasty flaw in Skype that could allow nefarious individuals to gain complete access the OS with system-level privileges on affected machines. To make the issue even worse, Microsoft knows the flaw is there and exploitable, but has no plans for an immediate fix because it would require too much work. The hack was discovered by security researcher Stefan Kanthak and according to him, the Skype update installer can be exploited with a DLL hijacking technique allowing the application to be fooled into drawing malicious code rather than the correct library the app wants.... Read more...
Skype has announced something that some users have wanted for a long time: end-to-end encryption for conversations. Skype Insiders can preview the new encryption feature right now, and it's called Private Conversations. With these conversations, end-to-end encryption for audio calls, text messages, images, audio files, and videos are now supported.  Private Conversations uses industry standard Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems. When you participate in one of the private sessions, that chat is hidden in notifications to keep what you share private. Microsoft's Ellen Kilbourne wrote, "Give... Read more...
Microsoft has announced new tech that is available in your chat window that leverages the Cortana intelligent digital assistant. Cortana is available in Skype and is designed to help you with details to support the conversations you have every day.  This means if you ask someone to go to the movies with you, it will give you access to movie times. If someone asks you to remember to do something, Cortana will offer to set a reminder on your phone. Cortana can also suggest smart replies so you can respond to messages faster and more easily, without having to type. The reminders that Cortana... Read more...
It feels like it's hard to get a great opinion on PayPal from the users that have to deal with it, and likewise, the latest Skype mobile update threw many for a loop (and not in a good way). So naturally, seeing the two companies team up would seem like the perfect cocktail for disaster, but this latest move is actually a really nice one. Given just how large both Skype and PayPal are, many reading this likely have accounts with both services. However, when you want to send a quick buck to a friend, it can really feel like quite a hassle, given how many steps you have to take, and how much info... Read more...
  It seems as though there’s a lot of copycattin’ going on in the world of messaging apps. In recent months, Facebook has been accused of “stealing” heavily when it comes to adding functionality original found in Snapchat into its own communications apps Instagram and Messenger. Now we can add Microsoft to that list thanks to the ground-up redesign of its Skype app. Interestingly, this all-new Skype experience isn’t coming to Microsoft platforms first. Instead, Microsoft will first launch the new chat app on Android. The company’s mission is to make sure that “chatting is front and center”.... Read more...
It was not all that long ago when collaborating with co-workers meant sitting in a board room environment while someone scribbles on a dry erase board. Times have changed. Collaboration these days can mean working with people from all corners of the globe. To make things easier and ultimately more productive, Amazon today announced a new unified communications service called Amazon Chime. This isn't new territory by any means, though Amazon argues that "most meetings solutions are disappointing." Amazon threw shade on the competition by calling existing solutions "clunky and hard to use," oftentimes... Read more...
Have you been slacking on throwing together a company meeting because your co-workers or employees are spread to the four winds? If you are a Slack fan, you no longer have an excuse -- the cloud-based team collaboration tool now includes group video calling.Users can directly call anyone on their Slack team by simply pushing the call button. There are no invite links, separate apps, or even separate buttons. If users have a prepaid plan, they can include up to fifteen people in a group video call. Video calls also include emojis so that users can respond to meetings without having to un-mute their... Read more...
Microsoft’s Skype Translator just received a big update, which is available to testers in the Windows Insider Program. Since its inception in 2014, the Skype Translator has been available to users making Skype-to-Skype calls, however, this latest update enables voice translation for Skype calls made to both mobile phones and landlines as long as you have enough Skype Credits or a Skype subscription. Windows Insiders will simply need to have the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10 installed along with the Skype Preview app. Once those requirements are met, you need to punch in the number... Read more...
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...
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