A Skype for Windows Phone update integrates the virtual assistant. You can make a call by saying. "Skype, get Mom on the screen," Microsoft says.
Skype Translator currently supports about 40 languages and is expected to roll out later this year as a Windows 8 beta.
Onstage at Build 2014, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore demos the Halo-inspired personal assistant software meant both to tout Bing and push Siri and Google Now aside with its cool factor.
Baked into Skype's mobile and desktop apps, the new video-messaging feature has emerged from beta mode and is now available for everyone.
Although the official launch is still to come, Skype invites users on three platforms to test a new video-messaging feature.
The company is forging ahead in moving its Messenger user base to Skype. Here's the updated timeline for its aggressive plan.
The feature lets you send clips of up to three minutes long to a Skype contact.
A new version of the official Facebook app is now in the testing pipeline, according to Microsoft officials -- as is Skype video messaging for Windows 7.
Those who download Skype 5.5 Beta for Windows will be able to instant message Facebook friends, as well as "like" and comment on a Facebook status.
The Skype team is planning to replace the Messenger instant-messaging client with Skype messaging a lot sooner than many expected.