Tech tidbits from around the web: A Skype on Windows phone petition, Google announces something that is totally not a Surface Hub clone, the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare live-action trailer, and more.
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Starting next week, Skype users will be able to sign-in to other Microsoft services---like Outlook.com, OneDrive and Xbox Live---using their Skype IDs. And vice-versa.
Microsoft announced a major update to the Skype Translator functionality that's built into its Skype communications products: Now, you can translate spoken words between Russian and other supported languages in real time.
There's no official announcement yet, but I see this morning that Skype for iPhone and iPad has received a fairly major update, with numerous new features. Key among them: Support for Siri and the ability to answer Skype calls above the lock screen.
A new report claims that Microsoft is restarting its Skype client efforts yet again with a new project called "Skype for Life." But that strategy makes no sense, as Microsoft is already well on its way to delivering on its new generation clients on all supported platforms.
Yesterday, I wrote about the surprise appearance of what we used to call "Messaging Everywhere" in the Skype Preview app in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, so here's what Microsoft has planned.
Though Microsoft never mentioned this when it announced Windows Insider build 14926 earlier this week, this build includes a nice surprise: It's the first to feature the long-awaited "Messaging Everywhere" capabilities in the Skype Preview app.
For over two weeks now, I've secretly made a major change to my daily workflow and have been using as many Microsoft mobile apps on PC, tablet, and smartphone as possible. And my relative levels of success speak volumes, I think, to the state of Microsoft's mobile efforts here in mid-2016.
Back in May, Google announced two innovative new mobile messaging apps, Allo and Duo, which are aimed at text and video messaging, respectively. And today, Google delivered the first release of its Duo video calling app for both Android and iPhone.
Tech tidbits from around the web: More Surface updates show up for those on Insider Preview, Microsoft confirms that Tim Sweeney is a nut job, Lumia 830 gets Windows 10 Mobile on AT&T, Skype makes special emojis for the band Coldplay, much more.
Tech tidbits from around the web: Windows Server moving under Terry Myerson, the Skype app for Windows Phone 8.0/8.1 will soon stop working, the Xbox One backwards compatibility train rolls on, and Google Play Books gets "bubble zoom" for comic books.
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.