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Skype
Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype alternative for enterprise is called Skype for Business. Secure Skype alternatives are Signal and Telegram.



Here are the latest news about Skype:

07.09.17 Skype radically redesigned mobile and desktop apps


In June, Microsoft introduced a completely revamped version of its Skype app, designed with a heavier focus on media-sharing, and other social expression tools, like emoji, reactions, and even a Snapchat-like stories feature. Now that new experience is rolling out to desktop users. Group chats are multi-colored, emojis can be used to react to what others are saying while in video calls or in text conversations. But there are some additions that will be useful in the new Skype desktop, despite all this social app envy. For example, a new media gallery can be viewed on the right side of a group chat, which makes it easier to locate shared files, like documents, spreadsheets, photos or other media, that had been posted into the group. So Skype gets more youthful in comparison to alternatives


2016 Skype adds real-time translation to all VoIP calls


Last year Skype launched built-in Translator that allows to translate speech in real-time. Until now this feature was available only in video chat, but in the new version you'll be able to call people around the world and have your conversation interpreted instantaneously - even if they're using the last remaining rotary phone. When placing a call, users just need to set their language of choice and the tool will take care of the rest. The person on the other end of the line will hear a message stating that the call is being recorded and translated through the service, which will be very clear once the conversation begins. Windows Insider Program members will be the first to have access to the new feature. To date, nine spoken languages are supported: English, Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic and Russian.


2016 Skype now allows to make calls without registration



Last year Skype enabled to invite to chat or video call people that don't have Skype account. Now it's possible to start chat and calls without registration also. All you have to do is go to Skype.com and click "Start a Conversation." You type in your name, it creates the chat with its own unique link that you can send to friends or colleagues. They don't need to use an account either. You can invite up to 300 people in a text chat or up to 25 on voice or video calls. The conversation only lasts for 24 hours, so you won't be able to go through your post history afterwards. You also won't be able to use Skype Translator or call phone numbers with the service; those still require you to have a Skype account.


2016 Skype gets Bots



In the new version of the Skype for Windows 10, Microsoft added several Skype bots, the automated chat assistants that it introduced earlier this year in a limited preview. The new bots include those that can help you make travel arrangements, locate event tickets, pull in information from other applications and services and even keep you entertained. For example, the Skyscanner Bot lets you search for individual or group flights, return pricing information and route options. Then, it will provide a link where users can go to complete the booking.


2016 Microsoft launched free Skype Meetings for small business



Microsoft launched Skype Meetings, a new audio and video conferencing tool specifically designed for small businesses. Unlike the fully featured Skype for Business product (that allows you to host meetings with up to 250 people and it’s deeply integrated into Outlook, Word and PowerPoint), Skype Meetings only allows PowerPoint collaboration (screen sharing, laser pointer, etc.) and screen sharing. Video calls are also limited to a maximum of 10 people during the first two months. After that, the maximum number of participants drops to three people. Participants can join Skype Meetings from virtually any device with the help of a personalized URL and the calls are powered by the same technology as Skype for Business calls. That means you will get to take advantage of Skype’s head tracking feature, for example, which ensures that a face will always be in the center of the screen, no matter where it is in the actual video image.


2016 Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free in Microsoft Edge



2016 Skype for Web now supports calling to mobile phones, landlines



2016 Skype discontinues its video messaging app Qik



2016 Skype integrated with Slack



2016 Skype adds free group video calls to mobile apps



2015 Skype for Web is available globally



2014 Microsoft enabled video calling between Skype and Lync users



2014 Microsoft launches Skype for Web



2014 Microsoft launched video messaging service Skype Qik



2014 Skype 7 refocuses on chat



2014 Microsoft kills MSN Messenger for Skype



2014 Skype 5.0 for iPhone looks cooler, works faster



2014 Skype makes group video calls free



2014 Skype for Outlook.com now available worldwide



2013 Skype gives free group videochat and screen-sharing for 2014



2013 Skype Video Messaging is generally available for free



2013 Skype comes to Outlook.com



2013 Promarket - industrial classifieds on top of Skype



2012 Skype In The Workspace - Microsoft wants to make a social network based on Skype



2012 Microsoft replacing Windows Live Messenger with Skype



2012 Skype + Windows Phone 8 = ideal communication device



2012 Microsoft created Skype for Windows 8



2012 Skype finally comes to Windows Phone



2012 Skype adds Full HD support, group screen-sharing



2011 Nokia and Skype not in a hurry to bring videochat to Windows Phone



2011 Skype opens App Store



2011 Skype acquired group-messaging service GroupMe



2011 GoToMeetings adds HD-video. Goes apart from Skype?



2011 Skype as a Service - mission impossible



2011 Web video chat: Google Hangouts vs Facebook Skype



2011 Skype video chat is available on Android and Comcast TVs



2011 Skype vs Fring on iPad



2011 Top 5 reasons why Microsoft acquired Skype



2011 Skype starts showing ads



2011 Skype to add web-conferencing powered by GoToMeeting, not Webex



2011 Skype acquires Qik, makes group video calls paid



2011 Skype for iPhone adds video chat



2010 Skype develops web-version



2010 Skype 5.0 - Facebook integration, 10x videoconferencing



2010 Cisco's top manager to become Skype CEO



2010 Skype wants to be an Internet for unified communications



2010 Cisco may acquire Skype



2010 Skype to create new products for business



2010 New Skype for iPhone: background mode, free calls over 3G



2010 Microsoft adds Facebook and Windows Live Messenger to Outlook



2010 Skype blocks Fring



2010 Skype as a Service is now a reality



2010 It's official: Mobile Video Calls is the next big thing: Skype vs Facetime



2010 Skype 5.0 beta - Group Video Chat, end of Freemium



2010 Skype comes to Symbian, Blackberry and Android. And to Verizon 3G network



2009 Skype is now the most popular IM client



2009 Skype to buy Gizmo5 and deploy SIP/Jabber?



2009 Skype as a Service



2009 Skype closes its developers ecosystem



2009 Skype+Asterisk are now ready for business



2006 Microsoft launches Windows Live Messenger



2003 MSN Messenger blocks Trillian