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Skype 8 gets call captioning with live captions and subtitles

Skype 8 gets call captioning with live captions and subtitles

Microsoft has launched live call captioning with live captions and subtitles in the latest version of Skype. The new feature was announced on the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, giving users who are deaf or hard of hearing an important accessibility feature. The captions and subtitles appear as people are talking.

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Skype for Alexa arrives for Echo voice and video calls

Skype for Alexa arrives for Echo voice and video calls

Skype has arrived on Amazon's Echo smart speakers, with Alexa now able to make calls to up to 150 countries and more. The deal was announced back in September, alongside Amazon's huge pre-holiday gush of new smart speakers and other devices, but is only going live today.

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Skype Classic will be discontinued in November after brief delay

Skype Classic will be discontinued in November after brief delay

In July, Microsoft unveiled Skype 8.0, a major redesign intended to replace Skype 7.0, which the company is now calling "Skype Classic." Microsoft planned to only give users a handful of weeks to make the transition before dropping support for Skype Classic, but that announcement didn't go over so well. The company backtracked in early August, promising that it would let Skype 7.0 live on for "some time" before ending support. That period of time wasn't as long as some had hoped.

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Microsoft says Skype will soon be available on Alexa devices

Microsoft says Skype will soon be available on Alexa devices

Microsoft is bringing Skype to Amazon's Alexa products, the company has announced, enabling Echo product owners to make video and voice calls. As with other Alexa products, the new integration is entirely voice-based -- simply tell the personal assistant to call a specific person and it will take care of the rest.

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Skype adds call recording feature, but Windows 10 users have to wait

Skype adds call recording feature, but Windows 10 users have to wait

Microsoft has released an update for Skype that adds a call recording feature, enabling users to save a copy of the call for archival and more. This new cloud-based feature has launched on "most" platforms except Windows 10, says Microsoft, which has plans to launch it on the OS some time in the next few weeks.

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Skype end-to-end encrypted private chats now available for all users

Skype end-to-end encrypted private chats now available for all users

In January, Microsoft launched a new feature called Private Conversations that offers end-to-end encryption for helping keep data secure. That feature was only available to Insiders at the time, but Microsoft has now released an update that brings the encrypted chats to all users. The update is now live for desktop, Android, and iOS.

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Skype Classic will live on “for some time” after 8.0 redesign backlash

Skype Classic will live on “for some time” after 8.0 redesign backlash

Last month, Microsoft unveiled Skype 8.0, a redesigned version of the product that would ultimately replace the Skype Classic version. Microsoft had announced a September 1 deadline for Skype users to update to version 8.0, after which date Classic would no longer be supported. Users have been vocal in their opposition to both the upcoming deadline and the Skype 8.0 redesign, prompting Microsoft to backtrack.

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Skype 8.0 arrives to replace Classic: update before September 1

Skype 8.0 arrives to replace Classic: update before September 1

Microsoft has launched Skype 8.0, the latest desktop version set to replace Skype 7.0, also known as "Classic." The company is encouraging users to update to the newest version, warning that they have only until September 1 to make the transition. Once that date arrives, Skype Classic will stop working, forcing any remaining users to install version 8.0. The update is worth the effort, though, thanks to the numerous new features the latest version offers.

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Skype read receipts feature appears in latest preview

Skype read receipts feature appears in latest preview

Love them or hate them, read receipts are a common feature on messaging platforms and they'll soon arrive on Skype. Microsoft was spotted testing the feature in its latest Skype Preview build, indicating that the feature will soon be part of the regular Skype product. Once live, users will be able to see who has read their message even if the recipient hasn't responded.

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Skype debuts Content Creator mode with features for podcasters & streamers

Skype debuts Content Creator mode with features for podcasters & streamers

Microsoft has revealed that it's updating the widely used Skype software with tools to improve call recording. The voice and video calling service isn't getting a native recording feature, mind you, but instead is streamlining its integration with existing third-party apps like Wirecast, Xsplit, and Vmix, making it easier for streamers, vloggers, and podcast hosts to get quality recordings for audio and video production.

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Skype Private Conversations end-to-end encryption arrives for Insiders

Skype Private Conversations end-to-end encryption arrives for Insiders

Signal, the company behind the encrypted messaging app by the same name, has announced a new partnership with Microsoft. Under this partnership, Signal will help Microsoft bring a new feature to Skype called 'Private Conversations.' With Private Conversations, users can choose to engage in conversations secured by end-to-end encryption, a feature many Skype users have been requesting but that still isn't available to general users.

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Skype for Desktop redesigned with new social features and cloud support

Skype for Desktop redesigned with new social features and cloud support

Beginning today, Skype is going to look a lot different, at least on desktop. For some time now, the team behind Skype has had a new desktop app available in preview, but now it's ready to roll that redesign into full release. The update offers a number of new features that should allow Skype to better compete with other messaging services like Slack and Discord.

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