video calling

Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Skype drops the requirement for plugins on its web app

Microsoft has just announced that Skype for Web will no longer require a browser plugin or download of any kind, allowing users to make video and audio calls simply by signing in to the service. The company says that the Skype feature within Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive is also plugin free. The catch is that it's limited to Microsoft's Edge browser on Windows 10 at the moment, but there are plans to do the same on other browsers, making it easier to use Skype in situations where local installations aren't possible.

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Microsoft discontinues Skype app for smart TVs

Microsoft discontinues Skype app for smart TVs

Video calling has become a ubiquitous form of communication these days, with a myriad of apps and services on the desktop, tablets, and most notably smartphones. Microsoft's Skype is already one of the dominant options, with a popular service working well across a number of platforms. It turns out the living room television never caught on as a useful way to make video calls, so Skype has said that it's ending support for its smart TV apps this June.

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Slack debuts voice calling on desktop and Chrome apps

Slack debuts voice calling on desktop and Chrome apps

As was predicted just yesterday, Slack has revealed that it's bringing native voice calls to its virtual office/messaging/collaboration service. The feature will start rolling out today as a beta in the official Slack desktop apps as well as the Chrome plugin. Once activated, users don't need to rely on any additional apps or services external to Slack to make a voice call, including the recent integration with Skype.

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Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Skype now offers 25-person video calling on iOS, Android

Microsoft's Skype has just announced a major new feature upgrade for its iOS and Android mobile apps: support for group video calling with up to 25 people. That's huge increase over the limit to one-on-one video calls that existed before today. Skype users in the US and Europe should have access to multi-user video calls between today and the end of next week, while Microsoft says it will be available worldwide by the end of March.

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Look out Cisco, Logitech is gunning for your video calls

Look out Cisco, Logitech is gunning for your video calls

You may not have realized it, but there's a war going on in video calling. The space between impromptu, FaceTime-style smartphone chats and huge, custom conference suite installations is widening, as offices evolve and collaborations span countries not just cubicles.

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Skype now supports real-time video translation

Skype now supports real-time video translation

We know that Skype has been providing free video chats for 10 years now, and has even announced group video chats for mobile. But what happens when you're using those free video chats to talk to someone on the other side of the globe, that doesn't speak your language? Well, Skype now has an answer for that.

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UK police to test crime reporting over Skype

UK police to test crime reporting over Skype

Video chat platform/app Skype has long been replacing the way people contact each other, from personal calls across the globe to teleconferencing in business environments. Now it may finally find a place in contacting law enforcement. The police in the UK city of Peterborough have revealed a trial program where crime reports and follow-up interviews can done over Skype. Now, this isn't for emergency calls to police, like in the event of an attack or serious injury, but rather for those time when an officer would to someone's home to discuss something less serious.

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Nucleus brings intercoms, video calling to the smart home

Nucleus brings intercoms, video calling to the smart home

Nucleus (the name of both the company and the product) is a new device that aims to combine the best of video calling and home intercoms with voice commands. The mini tablet can be mounted to wall or just placed on a counter or table, and be used to connect and communicate with others in just seconds, bypassing even the steps that FaceTime and Skype users must go through before getting into a call.

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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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T-Mobile starts rolling out native video calling feature

T-Mobile starts rolling out native video calling feature

Most smartphones have a front-facing camera, but video calling is still far from common. Despite it not being as convenient as voice calls in certain situations, it's also more difficult to arrange -- you'll need the other person to install the same app (Messenger, for example) in order to place a video call, and will need to toggle between apps depending on what your friends are using. T-Mobile is, as has become its focus, aiming to change this. Today the wireless carrier announced native video calls, which places the new calling feature right in the phone's dialer.

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ILY Family Phone aims to make sharing content safe and easy

ILY Family Phone aims to make sharing content safe and easy

One of the challenges in busy lives of people today is keeping in touch with family. That is easier with things like Facebook, but sharing images and details of your life via social media puts your content out there in a way that could allow some people to take advantage. A new family phone called ILY is set to launch and the main goal of the device is to make it easy for families to stay in contact and share images and make video calls easily.

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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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