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Good news for those stung by Skype weirdness and reliability issues over the past several months: The problems have been caused by a transition to a more modern, mobile-friendly architecture and should be fully resolved soon. Here's what's happening.
Microsoft announced today that it has started rolling out the new Skype UWP app on Windows 10 Mobile. Additionally, the PC version of that app---which is included with the Windows 10 Anniversary update---has been updated as well.
If you're feeling a little frosty this morning, it might be because hell just froze over: Microsoft announced today that it is bringing full-featured Skype experiences to Linux (!), Chromebook and the Chrome web browser.
Thanks to an update to Skype for Web, it's now possible to make Skype-based audio calls using a Chromebook. Previously, you could only engage in IM-style text chat on that platform.
Microsoft announced this week that it has improved Skype's ability to share photos, videos and documents. Key among the improvements is offline sharing, so you can send items to your friends and let them download them when they're back online.
Microsoft today announced a free online meeting tool called Skype Meetings that provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD video conferencing, including content- and screen-sharing capabilities.
Microsoft on Tuesday delivered Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14376 for both PC and Mobile to testers on the Fast ring. And, go figure, build 14372 for both PC and Mobile for Slow ring testers too. So everyone gets a new build.
This week, Microsoft announced its May updates for Office 365, which include deeper Skype for Business integration and new Outlook and Visio capabilities. Additionally, the firm revealed a new Insider build of Office 2016 for Windows.
Businesses interested in field testing a preview version of Skype for Business for Mac can now do so: Microsoft announced today that the Public Preview is now starting and will expand over the coming weeks.
Microsoft today released its second pre-release version of the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app version of Skype for PCs, adding new group features. A version that runs on Mobile is in the works as well.
Microsoft has finally fixed the issue that would cause a web-instance of Skype to ring continuously if the call was answered on another device.
Microsoft Edge is getting extension support in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update this summer, but you won't need to extension to use Skype free voice, video and group video calling in the browser. And today, you can preview this functionality via an early release of Skype video calling on Microsoft Edge.
Tech tidbits from around the web: evidence of updated Xbox One emerges, sort of, Skype for Business Updated on Android and iOS, Spotify declares war on Sweden, HTC's New Android phone supports Apple's AirPlay, and you'll be able to get your USB-C cables tested.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Manage your Edge favorites with EdgeManage, Windows 10 1511 becomes Current Branch for business customers, Microsoft adjusts Patch Tuesday schedule for Office, Microsoft Translator for iOS is updated, and Skype Green Eggs and Ham.
Skype has reached that point that the bugs in the platform are starting to undermine the reputation of the messaging service.
This week, Microsoft announced a new Skype UWP app and while it is not publicly available yet, I have been able to get my hands on the new prodcut.
Responding to complaints about its Skype client strategy on Windows, Microsoft will ship a Skype Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app that will run on PCs, tablets, and even phones. An incomplete preview version will ship in a coming build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview, Microsoft says.
The gradual Skypification of all things Microsoft continues this week, with Skype for Web picking up the ability to call both landlines and mobile phones, plus a few other new features.
A few tidbits from around the web: the February update for Windows App Studio, Microsoft releases Cyanogen mods for Skype, Cortana, OneNote and Hyperlapse, Skype Qik moves on, the Nokia comeback begins, and Apple's iPhone encryption stance is hypocritical.
In a nice nod to the platform's past, Windows 10 Mobile enables Skype integration across key Windows 10 Mobile apps like Phone and Messaging. But if you find this integration irritating---as I do---you can simply disable it and use the dedicated Skype app instead.
Microsoft announced today that a preview version of Skype integration for the Slack team-based messaging solution is now available. In this first early release, Slack users can now make a Skype voice or video call from within that app.
Microsoft announced this week that it will be bringing Skype's group video calling feature to Android, iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 Mobile in the coming weeks. And it will offer this functionality for free.
The latest version of Skype has a bug that, for some users, is causing the messages to out of order and the only work-around is to downgrade.
Microsoft on Wednesday delivered a non-preview Skype for Business mobile app on Android. The app follows releases on Windows phones and iOS.
A new version of the Skype desktop application for Windows is now available, offering simpler sharing of photos, files, video messages, contacts and emoticons.