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Skype to end all third-party app activity in December

Skype to end all third-party app activity in December

Skype will no longer support third-party desktop application development beginning in December, the company has announced. This includes all recording, broadcasting, and other kinds of apps, but it also includes third-party hardware such as headphones with on-board call controls. Skype is offering no exceptions to the rule, as far as SlashGear can tell, and its official replacement offerings are slim to none.

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Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats

Skype improvements bring better battery life, synchronized chats

Skype has detailed some upcoming changes it is working on, all of which aim to improve the overall experience for its users. Said the company, the change in how the average consumer utilizes the service -- with mobile devices, often smartphones and tablets -- has prodded it towards beefing up its P2P connectivity technology, using the cloud to help serve as a buffer of sorts between the device and clients. With this comes new features, some of which are already available, and more that are in the works.

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Skype cuts future support for Windows Phone 7

Skype cuts future support for Windows Phone 7

Microsoft is letting the world of Windows Phone 7 (not to be confused with Windows Phone 8) know today that it's time to move on. With Windows Phone 8 being released to smartphones for just under a year, Microsoft has decided that it was time to stop development on their top video chat app Skype. On the plus side, Windows Phone 7 users will continue to work with "the core Skype experiences", those including chat, voice, and video calls.

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Skype is working on 3D video calls says executive

Skype is working on 3D video calls says executive

In an interview with the BBC, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Skype, Mark Gillett, confirmed that the company is working on 3D video calling functionality. Though he warns that it will still be awhile before such a feature is available - and probably longer yet until it is widely adopted - he also states that he "can imagine a day" when 3D use is more widespread.

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Skype joins Windows 8.1 start screen app collection

Skype joins Windows 8.1 start screen app collection

To make absolute sure you know how advanced Skype has gotten over the past few months, Microsoft has announced this week that Windows 8.1 will come with the app on user start screens right out of the box. This free upgrade to the advanced and essentially remixed bit of operating system will bring about a collection of updates to Microsoft's newest software experience, and now with Skype for Windows 8.1, you'll be presented with a set of apps that's a bit more complete. Or a bit more on-par with Microsoft's vision, you might say.

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Microsoft NSA sharing accused by The Guardian, denied in statement

Microsoft NSA sharing accused by The Guardian, denied in statement

Today a new report has been released on the NSA's involvement in spying on citizens here in the United States, this time specifically centered on their connections with Microsoft. Though The Guardian goes through the NSA's PRISM checkpoints on Microsoft one by one: secret files on Silicon Valley's involvement with PRISM, Outlook email involvement, Skype video call collection, the Windows company has denied it all - so to speak.

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