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PowerPoint and Skype gain live captions and subtitles

Real-time captions and subtitles are heading to PowerPoint and Skype, the company today revealed in a pair of announcements timed to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities (UN IDPD). “The word ‘empower’ means a lot to every Microsoft employee, it’s a key word in our mission […]

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How a phone app detected Sprint’s alleged throttling of Skype

reader comments 0 with 0 posters participating Share this story The US government killed off its net neutrality rules in June of this year, but that doesn’t mean no one is monitoring whether carriers are blocking or throttling online services. Northeastern University researchers led by computer science professor David Choffnes recently determined that Sprint was […]

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You can now make Skype calls on Amazon Alexa devices

Alongside its refreshed hardware lineup, Amazon (and Microsoft) announced back in September that Skype calling was coming to Alexa devices later in the year. Well, it’s later in the year, and the new functionality is rolling out starting today. You can link your Skype account to your Alexa devices in the Alexa app. To set […]

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Amazon’s Echo Devices Add Pandora Premium and Skype Calling Support

If you haven’t opted to make the HomePod, Apple’s first smart speaker, your go-to option and instead have gone with options from Amazon, then you may be happy to know they are learning some more tricks this week. Amazon’s Alexa devices have supported the music streaming platform, Pandora, for quite […]

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[Update: Read receipts now rolling out to all] Skype finally gets read receipts in Insiders Preview build

In-conversation read receipts are either a useful way to keep track of text-based communication or a hindrance in ignoring people, depending on who you ask. They’re finally coming to Skype — but only in its Insider Preview beta build. Now when someone reads a message in either one-on-one or group conversations, their avatar will appear […]

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Microsoft Redesigning Skype to Make it Simpler to Use; Killing All Snapchat-like Features

Last year, Microsoft rolled out a full-fledged redesign of Skype which introduced Snapchat-like Highlights feature. The move led to the company receiving a lot of backlash since instead of focusing on improving the core features of the messaging service, Microsoft was busy adding unnecessary features to it. Now, Microsoft has […]

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Skype v8.29 ditches Snapchat-like ‘Highlights’ and has a simplified UI

Skype has floundered in recent years, among increased competition from services like WhatsApp, Hangouts, Discord, and others. In an effort to gain back market share, Microsoft has bloated the desktop and mobile apps with features like add-ons and Snapchat-like ‘Highlights.’ The Skype team is now flip-flopping, as it has announced a new focus on simplicity and […]

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Skype makes v8.0 a required update, reveals roadmap including call recording, encrypted conversations, and group links

Skype was once the go-to for video messaging, but those days seem to have ended. Even so, updates to the service are ongoing, and the latest bump for v8.0 of the desktop version of the service is unifying the interface with the mobile design while also adding a few new features. Anyone still using v7/Skype […]

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Skype launches a new desktop app with HD video, and soon encryption and call recording

Skype’s redesign launched last year was met with mixed reviews, but the company is forging ahead by rolling out a number of its new features to other platforms, including the desktop. Microsoft today is launching Skype version 8.0 that will replace version 7.0 (aka Skype classic), the latter which will no longer function after September […]

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Skype finally gets read receipts in its Preview build

In-conversation read receipts are either a useful way to keep track of text-based communication or a hindrance in ignoring people, depending on who you ask. They’re finally coming to Skype — but only in its Insider Preview beta build. Now when someone reads a message in either one-on-one or group conversations, their avatar will appear […]

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