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Skype update brings message bookmarks, split window, media previews

Skype update brings message bookmarks, split window, media previews

Skype has been updated on desktop and mobile with a variety of new features, the most notable improvements involving messaging. Starting now, Skype users on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS can bookmark any Skype message, making it easier to find in the future. As well, the updated software now also supports saving message drafts, split windows on desktop, and more.

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Humans will continue listening to some Cortana and Skype recordings

Humans will continue listening to some Cortana and Skype recordings

Last week, word surfaced that Microsoft, as with Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook before it, was using human contractors to listen to some Skype and Cortana audio clips. Though other big tech companies have paused these practices in light of consumer concerns, Microsoft has taken a different route, updating its privacy policy to explicitly state that people are listening.

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Skype calls are also being heard by Microsoft contractors

Skype calls are also being heard by Microsoft contractors

Amazon, Google, and Apple have recently come under fire because of the way they have handed audio clips to human reviewers with users' knowledge. All three companies have commented and put their programs on hold to avoid possible lawsuits and further backlash. It turns out that it's not just voice-controlled smart assistants are involved in this business practice. Even Skype calls, long considered to be sacrosanct, are apparently subjected to the same treatment and some Microsoft contractors have become privy to those conversations, even very intimate ones.

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Skype will lose SMS Connect soon, but there’s an alternative

Skype will lose SMS Connect soon, but there’s an alternative

Microsoft has announced that Skype will lose support for SMS Connect, the feature that enables users to view and send text messages from their computer instead of their phone. The feature is very convenient for those who use SMS messaging, but who are on their computer during work and don't want to separately handle their handset. Though the loss is disappointing, Microsoft says there is an alternative option.

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Skype Preview adds screen sharing feature on iOS and Android

Skype Preview adds screen sharing feature on iOS and Android

Skype will soon be slightly more useful on mobile for certain users thanks to a new feature: screen sharing. This ability is arriving first in beta for Android and iOS users, making it possible to share a phone or tablet's display directly with another Skype user. Because the feature is only available in beta, mobile users will need to be a Skype Insider to access it.

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Skype for Android answers calls whether you like it or not

Skype for Android answers calls whether you like it or not

The recent Group FaceTime bug on iOS has cost Apple no small amount of credibility, not to mention an inquiry from US lawmakers. Considering the potential number of affected users, this bug on the Skype version of Android that automatically answers calls might actually be more egregious than the FaceTime version. For better or worse, however, it is at least less clandestine than Apple's bug.

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Skype on Web gets HD video calls, recording and improved notifications

Skype on Web gets HD video calls, recording and improved notifications

In addition to its desktop and mobile applications, Microsoft offers Skype on the Web, enabling users to access the service directly in their browser. In an update today, the company announced that its Skype for Web product has been updated with new features and support, including the ability to make high-definition video calls directly in Chrome and Edge.

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Skype background blur made possible with AI

Skype background blur made possible with AI

Bokeh, the effect of blurring of objects around the subject, has become a popular feature in mobile photography. It's made possible with two cameras but even a single camera can do it with some software tricks. But while that's relatively easy to do with still shots, it's harder to pull off when your subject is less stationary. And that is why Microsoft is resorting to some Artificial Intelligence to implement background blur in Skype video chats on desktops.

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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 countriesĀ 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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