Skype update: more chats, round avatars, better chat bubbles

Skype has been continually updating its Android app in order to keep up with the other free call and messaging apps that are popular right now in the market like Viber, Snapchat, LINE, etc that are offering so much more. Just this month, this is already the second update that they are bringing to the Android app, and while the changes this time are minor, they’re still an improvement that users might welcome and enjoy.

Skype remembers log-in details, previews web links in latest update

Skype continues to battle it out with other messaging apps in the market. Even though it was one of the earliest to get into free online messaging, other players like Viber, Snapchat, LINE, etc, have made quicker strides in terms of popularity and bringing new features. But that doesn’t mean Skype is out of the game yet. The latest update brings users a few minor tweaks, including an easier way to log in again, and bringing preview to web links in messages.

Skype for Web already available worldwide, still in Beta

We all know that the Skype team has been working on a Web version of the popular instant messaging software. It's almost ready but it's still in beta form. The Skype for Web (Beta) can now be accessed and used by anyone from anywhere in the world. It's also supported in several languages so you can be sure there's one version right for you.

Text, call, video call on your browser with Skype for Web (US and UK)

If you're a Skype user, their mobile app has probably served you well, letting you converse with your family, friends and colleagues through free messages, audio calls, and video chats. But there are times when for one reason or another, you don't have access to the app itself but you still need to communicate with them. If you live in the US and UK, you can just now log on to your Skype account through the web portal and you'll be able to do so.

Big tech companies provide help to disaster response efforts in Nepal

It was a sad weekend as tragedy struck Nepal. The country was hit by 7.8-magnitude earthquake causing damage all throughout the Kathmandu capital. The tech industry is especially mourning because Google executive Dan Fredinburg died in the Mount Everest avalanche as triggered by the earthquake. Death toll has recently hit 4,000 and number is expected to rise in the next few days as disaster response continues. Because of all these unfortunate events, tech companies have responded on their own by launching special programs and efforts to help the victims of the earthquake. Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and T-Mobile are only some of those we know in the industry that are currently helping in the relief efforts.

Skype update brings more emojis, speech to text

Most of the messaging apps that are really popular in the market sometimes have more than just the ability to send text messages going for them. In fact, a lot of them do not rely on actual text or words but on little drawings, icons that allow you to express yourself better. Skype is still primariy a communication platform, where you can have both personal and business conversations, serious and fun as well. The newest update brings a bit more emphasis on the fun.

Skype update: photo sharing even when offline

Have you ever had that moment when you really really needed to share a picture of your baby's first steps or your cute puppy's antics, but then the friend you wanted to send them to is not online? Well, if you're using Skype to communicate with your loved one, then that will not be a problem at all. The app's latest update now allows you to share photos to offline contacts, among other new features and improvements.

Wire: what Skype would have been like if built today

Skype co-founder Janus Friis has a new project afoot with Wire, a new communications platform that technically does not really rival his former company, but actually improves on it. Built for both mobile and desktops, it is a cross-platform tool for exchanging messages, pictures, HD audio and other rich media, with a more modern UI but a more solid infrastructure behind it.

Skype update: picture-in-picture support for smartphones

We only still have 24 hours a day, but sometimes it seems like it's never enough for all the stuff we have to do, things we have to watch, people we have to talk to. Free call and messaging app Skype tries to solve one of our multi-tasking problems with the latest update, which allows you to do other things while still on a call.
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