Skype released a new app for Android devices today, and the update boasts a new design for tablets, the ability to sign in and merge with a Microsoft account, and better audio.
This is the 3.0 version of Skype, a popular choice for video chatting and messaging across the Internet for free, and it requires Android 2.1 and up.
CNET's Jaymar Cabebe concludes that the design and audio quality on the new app is a definite upgrade, but the video quality of the service is not.
Those of you in search of gifts for family or friends now have another option: Skype gift cards.
Available through the VoIP provider, the gift cards can be used to make Skype calls to mobile phones or landlines or to send text messages, either inside or outside the U.S. Skype gives you a few options for buying a card.
You can grab a physical card at your nearest Target, OfficeMax, or Microsoft Store. Or you can pick up an e-gift card from Skype's Web site or its Facebook page, which are then delivered to the recipient electronically.
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We were already impressed years ago when Skype was first introduced on a full OS, but when its video call features are applied on a mobile OS, it gets even better.
The familiar blue-and-white interface makes a comeback in the mobile version of Skype. Things are a little simplified, of course, but the critical elements are easily accessible. You can quickly build up your contact list with the option to import all of your contact information from your phone's list. The call quality was high in our tests, and the video calls didn't lag and appeared very natural. … Read more
Skype has resolved a nasty e-mail and password security bug and reinstated its password reset page.
Revealed by Skype earlier today, the vulnerability allowed someone to create a Skype account using the same e-mail address as that of the intended victim. That person was then able to reset the password for all accounts associated with that address, thereby locking out the account owner from Skype.
As a precaution, Skype earlier today took down its password reset page to prevent hackers from taking advantage of the flaw. But the company managed to resolve the security hole not long after announcing it, … Read more
Microsoft sure does some boneheaded things sometimes.
For example, on the surface, a free month of worldwide calls on Skype sounds like a great deal. You can call family overseas without spending a small fortune, or call anyone from your smartphone without burning through your monthly minute allotment.
But here's the rub: "Offer available only to existing Skype users who have been registered with Skype more than 29 days."
Hey, Microsoft, this is just what I remember from Marketing 101, but usually the idea behind promotions like this is to attract new customers. It's not to … Read more
Update, 10:25 a.m. PT: Skype has since resolved the security issue and reinstated the password reset page.
Skype is investigating a security problem that allows someone to take over a user's account by resetting the account password.
The VoIP service provider best known for video calls confirmed in its blog today that it has taken down its password reset page as it probes the issue:We have had reports of a new security vulnerability issue. As a precautionary step we have temporarily disabled password reset as we continue to investigate the issue further. We apologize for the … Read more
On November 6, 2012, Microsoft announced that it would be discontinuing its Windows Live Messenger client. This news falls in line with Microsoft's acquisition of Skype -- making it the company's go-to instant-message client after the first quarter of 2013. Migrating to Skype will make video calling easier, allow you to share your screen, make group calls, integrate Facebook, and add better mobile compatibility.
Looking to get a head start on merging your contact lists so you don't risk missing anyone after Messenger is retired? Just follow these quick steps:
Before getting started, you'll need to … Read more
Microsoft's Skype for Windows Phone 8, an app tweaked for use with the new operating system, is now available to download as a preview.The popular VoIP program, which facilitates video and messaging across the Internet for free, has now been spotted in the Windows Phone store. You cannot search for it in the usual method, but as reported by WP Central, the link is now available for those considering a shift to a Windows 8 mobile device.