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Skype updates mobile apps with 3D Touch support, video filters

Skype updates mobile apps with 3D Touch support, video filters

It seems like more and more of the big apps for iOS are updating with support for 3D Touch, and Skype is not one to get left behind. The Microsoft-owned messaging and video chat platform has updated its apps for both iOS and Android today, including new video filters, as well as 3D Touch features for those using the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The video filters appear to be a directly inspired by Snapchat, with things like balloons and several Halloween themes.

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Skype now lets anyone join a chat via direct links

Skype now lets anyone join a chat via direct links

Skype has announced a small change that it promises will make big waves in how Skype users go about using the software — a link that, when shared, invites anyone who receives it to join in on a Skype chat, even if it is sent through something other than Skype. That means you can drop the link into a chat on Facebook Messenger, for example; it gets friends on board with your current Skype chatting session, regardless of whether they have a Skype account.

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Skype for Business debuts on iOS

Skype for Business debuts on iOS

Following an extensive preview period and release on platforms like Windows Phone earlier this year, Microsoft has announced the full release of the Skype for Business app for iOS. Available as a universal app from the App Store starting today, Skype for Business replaces Lync 2013. The business version of the popular messaging and video calling service adds more features and functions meant to make inter-office communication easier and more efficient.

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Skype updated for iOS 9 with Split View, Slide Over, and notification replies

Skype updated for iOS 9 with Split View, Slide Over, and notification replies

Microsoft has just released an updated version of the Skype app for iPhone and iPad to take advantage of several new iOS 9 features. Skype version 6.3 is now available on the App Store, and introduces support for Slide Over and Split View on the iPad, along with the ability to reply directly from message notifications on both the iPhone and iPad, similar to how Apple's default Messages app works.

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Skype brings real-time translation to Windows desktop app

Skype brings real-time translation to Windows desktop app

Skype has just announced that its real-time translation feature has been integrated natively into the full desktop app for Windows. This allows users to conduct voice calls in their native language, with translated text appearing on the screen in real-time. For now, this live translation will only work with six languages (English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Spanish), but 50 languages are already supported for text messages.

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Skype for Android updated with support for Android Wear

Skype for Android updated with support for Android Wear

Following a similar update to its iOS app that added Apple Watch support, Skype has just released an update for its Android version that introduces features for Android Wear devices. Version 6.4 of Skype is available now from the Google Play Store, and introduces the recently announced Skype Mojis, as well as the ability to respond to messages and accept or decline calls from an Android Wear smartwatch.

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Skype is down — it’s not just you

Skype is down — it’s not just you

Unfortunately for frequent video chat users around the globe, Skype is currently down. Among the issues currently affecting users include being unable to sign in, or for those who are logged in, appearing offline, unable to change status, all contacts appearing offline, and no way to start Skype calls. Fortunately the Microsoft-owned company is very aware of the issue, as they've outlined on a blog post, and are working to resolve things as quickly as possible.

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Skype Mojis add Muppets and more to your conversations

Skype Mojis add Muppets and more to your conversations

Digital conversations utilize emoji in a variety of ways, and as such we have a wide array to choose from. Some, such as the ones found in Messenger, are based on existing characters, and now Microsoft is getting into that game by adding Muppets “Mojis” to Skype. The additions aren't limited to the Muppets, however -- there's King Kong, it seems, and other moments from TV shows and movies that may be best suited to express a sentiment.

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Skype mobile apps updated with redesign, more features

Skype mobile apps updated with redesign, more features

Skype has introduced version 6.0 for both Android and iOS, and both updates are big — the apps have been overhauled, with the starting point of that overhaul being redesigns. Skype says the newest version is both more intuitive and more natural than the last version, and building upon that are new features that expand its usefulness for mobile users. Skype 6.0 for iOS is available now; the Android update is rolling out, so you may have to wait a little longer.

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Skype for Android update brings custom ringtones

Skype for Android update brings custom ringtones

Skype for Android has received a new update, bringing it to version 5.10. The update is relatively small, at least as far as apps go, but it does bring a couple of welcomed features, the most important for many users likely being personalized ringtones. With this, Skype users are able to set custom ringtones for contacts, making it possible to know who is calling without pulling out your phone or tablet and taking a look.

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Skype for Android updated to v5.5: easier sign-ins and more

Skype for Android updated to v5.5: easier sign-ins and more

Today Microsoft pushed an update for its Skype for Android app to the Google Play Store, bringing it up to version 5.5 and adding in some features that will be handy for mobile users. The biggest among the changes is arguably an improvement to signing in from mobile, making it easier for those who insist on logging out to sign back in from their Android smartphone or tablet. The chatting feature will soon be updated, too, and will likewise be a little more convenient once it is.

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Skype for Business app arrives for Windows Phone

Skype for Business app arrives for Windows Phone

Microsoft has another announcement for its Skype for Business users -- it has finally rolled out a Windows Phone app, one that is a rebrand of the Lync 2013 app, and users on both services are able to use it. All the Skype for Business features are there, such as the calling features coupled with instant messaging, control over meetings, phone controls like transferring, and more. It also has some security features like passive authentication and a Skype for Business certificate.

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