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Microsoft launches ‘Skype for Business’

Microsoft launches ‘Skype for Business’

Skype is officially entering the business world with Microsoft's new platform Skype for Business (SfB). Skype has made some great strides recently. Last week, updates for the original platform included modernizing its Skype Translator tool by adding Mandarin and Italian to its repertoire of languages. Microsoft's latest offering SfB is a completely separate system and is aims to take inter-office communication to the next level. Skype for Business will allow users to conference with up to 250 people. If your clients aren't using the new platform yet, the new conferencing system will be able to connect you with anyone using a phone or Internet connection.

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Skype Translator update brings Mandarin, Italian

Skype Translator update brings Mandarin, Italian

Skype Translator, that wonderful science fiction-like tool that allows people to talk in real-time in two different languages, has been updated, and with that update it is now a little bit smarter. The software has gained knowledge of how to understand and speak Mandarin and Italian, opening it up to more users who want to chat with foreign speakers in their own native language. This joins the two languages the Preview software kicked off with, English and Spanish.

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Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype update for Android brings in iOS features

Skype has announced some new updates today, chief among them being the introduction of Skype 5.3 for Android, bringing some features that have already been available in the iOS version. Skype promises this is a big update, and amongst the new features are improvements to the app's design itself, boosting the visual appeal of Skype's chat and making the overall experience a bit "more consistent". The new chat layout in Android is similar to the layout those who use the service on the desktop and iOS have had access to, among other things.

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Office 2016, Skype previews now out for IT pros

Office 2016, Skype previews now out for IT pros

Today, Microsoft is launching a preview for Office 2016, aimed for IT professionals and Developers. The early build is reportedly very beta, with Microsoft’s Kirk Koenigsbauer saying the preview “doesn’t yet contain all the features we’re planning to ship in the final product.” He does add that those who want an early look at Office 2016 should expect monthly updates. In addition to that, Microsoft is also releasing an early preview of Skype for Business, which replaces Lync for enterprise use.

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Skype update for iOS, Android good news for other apps

Skype update for iOS, Android good news for other apps

Microsoft has been making several dedicated attempts to make Skype a useful tool rather than an unnecessary legacy add-on of late, with real-time translation being the most headline-grabbing update rolling in. Now Skype is announcing a few upgrades for Android users, with offline photo sharing coming via an update. Now Skype users can send photos to friends who may be offline, which will be immediately viewable once that user logs back onto Skype. Skype for Android also has some other neat tricks, like running in the background while you use other apps.

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Google, Skype race to tear down language barriers

Google, Skype race to tear down language barriers

It feels like an attempt to reverse the effects or even create a new Tower of Babel, but this time no actual towers are involved (unless you count cell towers). The bridging of languages is, instead, being done over the Internet, in real time, and using your voice. And at the forefront of these advancements in technology are Google and Skype (and by proxy, Microsoft) who are now starting to compete not for the best voice chat service, but for which one can translate a spoken word better.

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Skype Translator preview’s first phase brings Spanish and English

Skype Translator preview’s first phase brings Spanish and English

Skype has been working on its Translator service for a long while now, something that allows individuals to video chat in two different languages with real-time translations. The company revealed preview plans recently, and now it has introduced the first phase of that preview program: Spanish and English translation, as well as more than 40 instant messaging languages. Those interested must be signed up for the Skype Translator preview, and must be running Windows 8.1.

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Skype for Web bypasses apps for browser ease

Skype for Web bypasses apps for browser ease

Skype has launched a web version of its voice and video calling platform, bypassing the need to install a local app, and expected to be particularly popular with travelers and those borrowing access to a computer. Skype for Web runs in Internet Explorer, Chrome on Windows, Firefox, and Safari, and though initially it will require a browser plugin be installed so as to function properly, the company's goal is to bypass any installation whatsoever once it gets out of beta. Still, that's not the only glitches still to be ironed out.

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Skype for Business blurs video calling lines in 2015

Skype for Business blurs video calling lines in 2015

For a long time, Microsoft was accused of neglecting the Skype brand, but the software giant is making amends by pushing the voice and video call service for business users. Out goes Lync, the firm's long-standing communication system for enterprises, to be replaced by Skype for Business in the first half of next year. While the change will see the core strengths of Lync maintained, it will also help blur the boundaries between what's going on in the office and general Skype users.

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