Newsletters
Business News for Technology Decision-Makers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Business Briefing Mobile Industry News Small Business Business Intelligence More Topics...
Mobile Industry News
DDoS Protection Powered By Verisign
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Microsoft Continues Skype Rollouts with Updated Android App

Microsoft Continues Skype Rollouts with Updated Android App
By Barry Levine

Share
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Share on Google Plus

Skype allows users to make free or inexpensive calls around the world, over the Internet. It has become a popular means for communications between companies, and many businesses, especially smaller ones, regularly use the service. Microsoft has upgraded the Skype Android app, one of several new Skype incarnations rolled out this month.
 


Maintaining its steady pace of newly released incarnations, Microsoft on Tuesday released its version 3.0 of Skype for Android. The new version, the first major update to the Android app in over a year, offers the ability to login using Microsoft credentials and features a user interface that is designed to display properly on any size screen.

The company said the new UI will adapt to the various screen sizes that now populate the Android universe, from a smartphone to a tablet. Microsoft specifically mentioned several Android tablets, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, Google Nexus 7, Acer Iconia, Asus Transformer Prime, Motorola Xoom and Sony S.

There's also support for the wideband audio codec, SILK, which is designed to provide the best possible voice quality at various Net speeds. The new version requires Android 2.1 or higher and is available at no charge in the Android marketplace, Google Play.

Windows Phone 8 Preview

Last week, Microsoft showed a preview of its Skype for Windows Phone 8. There were reports that the app was still in flux, without, for instance, the ability to receive calls and message notifications when the app is closed. Additionally, various users have fingered the preview app as a possible cause of spontaneous reboots and other problems that are cropping up on several Phone 8 handset models.

In recent months, Microsoft has been moving to take advantage of Skype's potential.

Skype executive Sandhya Venkatachalam last week told news media that his company is beta-testing a new kind of advertising that resembled an interactive service or app, which two or more people could use while having a text, audio or video conversation. One example given was a set of interactive trip planning tools sponsored by an airline, so callers could mutually plan a shared vacation.

In the spring, Microsoft announced Conversation Ads for Skype, which provide conversation starters to callers using the service. The premium, fee-based Skype is available ad-free.

SITW, Live Messenger

Earlier this month, Skype in the Workspace, or SITW, was launched. Built around Skype's IM, voice and video communications, SITW is intended as a community for small- and medium-size businesses to offer and respond to opportunities, with follow-ups between interested parties via instant messaging, phone calls and video-based demonstrations.

Also this month, Microsoft announced that it was phasing out the 12-year-old Live Messenger service, as it attempts to migrate Messenger's estimated 100 million-plus users to Skype. Skype for Windows 8 had already been utilizing the Windows Messenger infrastructure for storing pictures, video and other content on Microsoft's cloud service, Azure.

Skype allows users to make free or inexpensive calls around the world, over the Internet. It has become a popular means for personal communications between companies, and many businesses, especially smaller ones, regularly use some form of the service.

Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion in 2011 from a private investment group. It was purchased by the investment group from eBay, which had acquired it from its founders in 2003.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Mobile Industry News
1.   Samsung, B&N Partner on Nook Tablet
2.   Apple Stock Soars Ahead of iPhone 6
3.   Verizon Tops in Mobile Networks
4.   Sprint Out with Data Guns Blazing
5.   Will Sprint Be T-Mobile Copycat?


advertisement
Sprint Dumps T-Mobile Merger
Looks to the future with new chief exec.
Average Rating:
Researchers Tout Battery Breakthrough
Lithium anode could triple capacity.
Average Rating:
Samsung, B&N Partner on Nook Tablet
Fighting Kindle Fire with new device.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
UPS Stores in 24 States Hit by Data Breach
Big Brown has been breached. UPS said that about 105,000 customer transactions at 51 of its UPS Store locations in 24 states could have been compromised between January and August.
 
Cost of Target Data Breach: $148 Million Plus Loss of Trust
The now infamous Target data breach is still costing the company -- and its shareholders -- plenty. In fact, the retailing giant forecast the December 2013 incident cost shareholders $148 million.
 
Aruba Networks Handles Black Hat with Aplomb
It's not an easy job. Aruba Networks' task throughout the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas this month was to ensure thousands of attendees could connect without malicious attacks.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 
Three New Lenovo PCs Aimed at Business Users
Businesses everywhere want computing solutions that do more for less money, and Lenovo has unveiled three new desktop PCs that offer solid computing at a budget-minded price.
 
Aruba Networks Handles Black Hat with Aplomb
It's not an easy job. Aruba Networks' task throughout the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas this month was to ensure thousands of attendees could connect without malicious attacks.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Google Glass Adds Voice Access to Phone Contacts
The latest update to Google Glass will let users access their top 20 phone contacts with voice commands alone. A user can then choose a phone call, Google hangouts, e-mail or text messaging.
 
Samsung, B&N Target Amazon with Nook Tablet
They've seen the enemy and it is Amazon. So Samsung and Barnes & Noble are teaming up to combat their common foe with a 7-inch tablet that blends Samsung’s tech, Nook’s content and e-reader platform.
 
Acer's New Desktop Box Rides the Chrome OS Wave
Filling out its Chrome OS line, Acer is following the introduction of a larger Chromebook line earlier this month with a new tiny $180 desktop Chromebox and also a smaller Chromebook.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Business
Home/Top News | Business Briefing | Mobile Industry News | Small Business | Business Intelligence | Innovation | E-Commerce | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.