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Skype for Business preview gets meeting broadcasts and more

Skype for Business preview gets meeting broadcasts and more

Microsoft has announced a new Skype for Business technical preview available for Office 365 enterprise users. The preview ushers in a trio of new features, two of which are limited to customers located in the United States. The new Skype Meeting Broadcast is perhaps the most notable change for enterprise users, allowing customers worldwide to broadcast a meeting taking place over Skype for Business to up to 10,000 users across multiple devices.

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Use Skype straight from the web–beta goes worldwide

Use Skype straight from the web–beta goes worldwide

Skype just became easier to access, around the world. As an alternative to downloading the Skype app or program, users can turn to their browsers for their communication needs using Skype for Web (beta). The web version isn't just for checking instant messages. It's designed to provide the same video and phone calls associated with the full app. As we noted when the beta first launched stateside, users will still have to install a plug-in before initially using the site, but that seems to be only a small hurdle.

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Skype’s modern Windows app is dead, long live Skype for Windows desktop

Skype’s modern Windows app is dead, long live Skype for Windows desktop

Microsoft-owned Skype has announced today that it will be merging its two Windows apps into a single offering by retiring the touch-based, Modern UI version, and instead moving forward with the traditional desktop app. The touch-friendly Skype app was made for Windows 8 devices, while Windows 7 and Windows 8 PCs have always continued to use the desktop app. In anticipation of the debut of Windows 10, the modern Skype app will no longer work beginning July 7th, and users will need to switch to the desktop version.

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Skype adding real-time translation to its Windows app

Skype adding real-time translation to its Windows app

Skype's impressive real-time translation tool has been limited to invite-only, and preview builds for the last six months or so, but it seems that's all about to change. Skype has just announced that it will begin integrating the Skype Translator software directly into its desktop app for Windows before the end of this summer. With Windows 10 recently revealed to be available on July 29th, it wouldn't be surprising to see Microsoft touting the new Skype overhaul as a new feature available on the OS.

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Skype for Web offers browser calls for US and UK

Skype for Web offers browser calls for US and UK

Skype for Web, the browser-based version of the popular voice and video messaging service, has rolled out across the US and UK. Revealed in beta at the tail-end of last year, the web app can effectively replace the standalone Skype client, delivering the same video, audio, and IM communications only through the browser. It could be useful, Microsoft says, for those using public computers while traveling, or when you're on a different machine and haven't the time (or the inclination, frankly) to install the full software.

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iOS envy? Skype message bug sends it into endless crash loop

iOS envy? Skype message bug sends it into endless crash loop

iPhone users need not feel alone anymore. A new bug affecting Skype was just discovered that also crashed the app once a specific string has been received. And no, it isn't even something as exotic as a string of Unicode characters. A very simple "http://:" message, without the quotes, is enough to bring down the Skype app on multiple platforms, including desktops. What's worse, however, is that once that happens, the app crashes repeatedly even when just starting it, rendering the app utterly unusable until a fix is issued.

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Skype Translator removes barriers, drops sign-in requirement

Skype Translator removes barriers, drops sign-in requirement

This morning Skype Translator Preview dropped its sign-in requirement, making it easier for new users to take part in the translation action. This app works with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 preview for both PCs and tablets. Users will be able to download the app, open it up, and begin speaking with translation assistance right out the gate. This app currently has four available spoken languages as well as 50 instant messaging languages for use by the public.

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EU says public likely to confuse Skype with broadcaster Sky

EU says public likely to confuse Skype with broadcaster Sky

Trademarks and patents are strange beasts. Something you've been holding on to for years in one country might suddenly be declared not yours in another place and another time. That is somewhat the case that Microsoft is facing when judges at the General Court of the European Union declared that Redmond can't apply for a trademark for Skype and its logo that will apply to the whole EU region. This is because, according to the judges, there is potential for confusion with the UK broadcasting company known simply as "Sky".

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Skype’s new SDK will bring chat to any web app

Skype’s new SDK will bring chat to any web app

Of all the things Microsoft has been historically good at, video chat wasn’t one of them. They left Skype lingering on the vine for far too long, and are only now bringing the service up to speed. It’s coming along nicely, though, and it’s about to be available everywhere. At Build 2015, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella quickly breezed past a unique new feature for Skype; a web SDK that will see Skype built right into other apps. Rather than build a native chat client, Developers can now call on Skype.

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Microsoft gives $1 million aid and free Skype in Nepal relief efforts

Microsoft gives $1 million aid and free Skype in Nepal relief efforts

Over the weekend, a strong earthquake struck Nepal with tragic consequences. The death toll continues to rise, with counts currently reported around 4000. Now is a crucial time for relief efforts as the golden window of time to rescue survivors elapses. In response, tech companies are springing into action, offering whatever services they can to help the relief effort. Microsoft is doing its part to provide relief by immediately making Skype calls for mobiles and landlines both to and from Nepal completely free of charge.

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