Microsoft announced today that they have completed the integration of Skype and their business-centric Lync communication platform. This means that Skype users and Lync users can seamlessly chat with one another, officially merging together consumers and businesses. Lync is Microsoft's enterprise-level IM client that comes with the company's new Office 365 software.
This past week we noticed a bit of an oddity in how AT&T handled the video chat element in Google's new "Google+ Hangouts" app on cellular data: in effect, it didn't work. Asking AT&T about the situation, it was discovered that they had a policy in place for pre-loaded apps working with video chat, making it clear that it's the OS makers (Google and Apple) and the device makers (Samsung, BlackBerry, LG, HTC, Apple), that were responsible for enabling pre-loaded apps to be able to work with cellular data for video chat. Today, AT&T makes it clear that Apple, Samsung, and BlackBerry will be making a big change by June for all their pre-loaded apps.
Just minutes after Google+ Hangouts cross-platform and cross-device chat system was revealed as completely without extra charge for video chat, AT&T's limits have appeared. Though the announcement during the one Google I/O 2013 keynote, this chat system was shown as Google's one single chat system - and a replacement for Google Talk. In a situation that's strikingly similar to what Apple's FaceTime system faced back when it was first introduced for video chat on the iPhone, so too does AT&T keep the reigns tied tight.
Google I/O just wrapped up, so now we're inevitably waiting for all the new features to start rolling out. The first out of the gate is the new Google+ Hangouts app, which is now available for Android. The app replaces Google Talk on Android, and will also eventually make its way to iOS, making it the first time that a Google chat app will be released on iOS.
This week at Google I/O 2013, a new application has been introduced to take on cross-device and cross-platform communication: Hangouts. This system expands on what's existed inside Google+ with a Hangout, turning chat both text and video to come with a user wherever they go. This system allows for saving of conversations, photos, video, and media of all types, sharing made as smooth as it has been inside Google+, now here on the web, in Android, and in iOS all at once.
Today, Skype has announced that its popular video calling service is available as a preview for BlackBerry Z10 users. The app first rolled out onto BlackBerry Q10 devices last month as a preview, and now the Z10 is getting it's moment of video-chat glory. However, it seems a lot of the features in the app requires the BlackBerry 10.1 update, which will begin rolling out later this month.
We've heard rumblings of Google's new unified chat service in the past, called Babel, but it seems the company is expected to announce the new service at Google I/O next week. However, before they do that, it's been reported that Babel is being rebranded as Google Hangouts, and will merge with the company's current Google+ Hangouts video chat feature.
As the Skype Video Messaging universe expands, it would seem only natural that the Microsoft-owned company might have brought the service to Windows 8 first and foremost. As it is, this final push for the service hit their hero operating system last. Here it is, at long last - the Windows 8 version - fully functional, this time - of Skype Video Messaging. Let the away messages in video form begin!
At the time this article is posted, a live video chat is taking place between actors Will Smith, Jaden Smith, and digital citizens of Google's social network. Also invited to this conversation were Google's director of engineering Ray Kurzweil, Elon Musk, Alexandra Cousteau, and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams. This conversation took place the day after Earth Day, this allowing the conversation to be cleverly titled "The After Earth Day Google+ Hangout", with topics ranging from the conservation of our collective environment to the action-adventure genre in which the film "After Earth" is set.