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Skype for Web adds landline and mobile phone calling

Skype for Web adds landline and mobile phone calling

The Web version of Skype has added support for calling landlines and mobile phones directly, making it a bit easier to make cheap calls from your browser. That’s not the extent of its update, though — the service has also added support for watching YouTube videos within Skype for Web, as well as adding anyone (including non-Skype users) to a Skype for Web conversation, and new notifications that appear in the browser.

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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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Skype Live Translator adds Arabic support

Skype Live Translator adds Arabic support

Skype Translator, the nifty (to understate things) tool for translating spoken conversations in real time, has just added support for Arabic. With the support, Skype Translator can be used to translate to and from Modern Standard Arabic, the version of Arabic used by journalists and others throughout Arabic-speaking countries. This brings Skype Translator up to eight supported (spoken) languages.

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You can now Skype inside OneDrive, Office Online

You can now Skype inside OneDrive, Office Online

Just last week, Slack practically issued a challenge to Skype, adding a voice calling feature which would lay the foundation for video chats in the future. Asserting its presence in the productivity world, Skype has announced new features that integrate the voice and video communication platform deeper into Microsoft's ecosystem. Now Skype users can start chatting, by text or by voice, right in the middle of editing a document on Office on the Web, or do likewise right inside OneDrive, also on the Web.

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Microsoft pulls out of $8 billion Slack deal

Microsoft pulls out of $8 billion Slack deal

There have been reports floating around since Friday that Microsoft was interested in purchasing the messaging service Slack. This was a bit strange, considering that the company already owns one of the largest messaging services, Skype. It turns out that the rumors were true, and that Microsoft was considering purchasing the company. However, the key word now is "was."

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Report: Microsoft considered seeking $8bn Slack acquisition

Report: Microsoft considered seeking $8bn Slack acquisition

Microsoft considered shelling out $8 billion for the messaging service Slack, according to a new report. Not everyone in charge as Microsoft liked the idea, though, and Bill Gates himself reportedly urged for the company to instead focus on Skype and ways to make it more competitive. The news follows the recent addition of voice calls to Slack, positioning it to better battle against Skype.

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Slack could soon get into Skype’s turf with voice, video chat

Slack could soon get into Skype’s turf with voice, video chat

Slack is one of the startups that embody the Silicon Valley dream. A small app that was intended to help teams stay productive in communication exploded into a something that even huge businesses have become dependent on. It was hailed by many to rival and even replace instant messaging and even email, and now it might even be setting out to challenge other forms for communication soon. At a customer conference in San Francisco, it revealed it 2016 roadmap that included, among other things, the addition not only of voice but also video chats.

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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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Skype and Paul McCartney designed 10 new Valentine’s emojis

Skype and Paul McCartney designed 10 new Valentine’s emojis

It's not everyday that an app's developers get to work with someone as big as Sir Paul McCartney, which is why when Microsoft's Skype got the opportunity, they didn't waste it. That's why, with Valentine’s Day approaching, Skype users are getting 10 new love-themed "Mojis" featuring music from the legendary Beatles member himself. It's one of those things where you didn't realize how badly you needed it in your life until you heard about it.

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Skype will now hide your IP address by default

Skype will now hide your IP address by default

While it's difficult to maintain anonymity online, there are certain things you can do to make sure that the people you interact with can't trace your computer. Namely, you don't want anything revealing your IP address. With that information, someone can do some nasty things, like flood your connection with requests, so that you can't get anything done online. Well Microsoft is finally taking a step that it should have taken long ago, to prevent this sort of thing.

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Skype preview adds Slack integration

Skype preview adds Slack integration

Microsoft has introduced a new Skype preview version that includes Slack integration, enabling Slack users to make video calls and voice calls over Skype with less effort. The new preview is available starting today; after adding Skype integration to Slack, users will be able to access the familiar Skype calling feature through a simple Slack command.

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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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