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  • Vendor: Skype
  • Version: Varies with device
  • Price: Free

Skype is a video calling, audio calling and text chat service that works on a variety of computing platforms, including Android. The previously-independent company is now owned and operated by Microsoft, but is still fully supported and functional on non-Microsoft platforms — although since being acquired Skype is no longer usable on Chrome OS as third-party extensions were shut down.

No matter what style of device — phone, tablet or computer — you're using, you can easily communicate with friends and family with Skype over any internet connection, either one-on-one or in a group. You can even communicate with people using Skype to dial non-Skype phone numbers, including having an incoming number for other phones to call and have it ring your Skype app.

There are both free and paid portions of the Skype service. Most users can get by just fine with the free functions — device-to-device audio calling, video calling and text chat are all part of the free service. You can pay per month to have a static phone number that others can call you on from a phone, and you can pay per minute or text message with Skype Credit to call out to other phone numbers using your Skype Account. For frequent callers, there are monthly rates that offer unlimited calls to phone numbers in a specific country or region.

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Skype for Android's latest update brings a new Material Design interface and more

Skype for Android's latest update brings a new Material Design interface and more

Skype users on Android should see a major update for the popular messaging app coming soon. Microsoft says that version 6.0 of Skype will begin rolling out today that will have a number of improvements and changes, including a revamped user interface that's inspired by Google's Material Design...
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Microsoft updates Skype to look even more gorgeous

Skype has been updated by Microsoft, introducing a refreshed design for users of the popular communication service to enjoy. The company has implemented a number of visual refreshers to make Skype that much more gorgeous to use on your mobile phone. Version 5.6 should be hitting your hardware at...
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EU court rules that Skype's name is too similar to Sky network to claim a trademark

A European Union court has ruled that the name of Microsoft's Skype VoIP service cannot claim a trademark in the EU. The court ruled that the name was too similar to the Sky broadcast network. Sky first filed a trademark dispute with Skype before it was acquired by Microsoft in 2011. Today,...
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Skype for Android update makes it easier to sign back in after you log out

Microsoft has released an update for its popular Skype messaging app for Android. The update bring the version number up to 5.5 and adds a way for users to quickly sign into the app again. Microsoft says, "With the improvements we've made to battery use and notifications, you can comfortably...

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Skype for Android's latest update brings a new Material Design interface and more

Skype for Android's latest update brings a new Material Design interface and more

Skype users on Android should see a major update for the popular messaging app coming soon. Microsoft says that version 6.0 of Skype will begin rolling out today that will have a number of improvements and changes, including a revamped user interface that's inspired by Google's Material Design...
Skype for Android updated with custom ringtones, photo sharing between conversations

Skype for Android updated with custom ringtones, photo sharing between conversations

Skype for Android has received a pretty nice update today, bringing along some oft-requested features. Coming along in today's update are personalized ringtones and the ability to forward photos from your chats to other Skype users. Users can now set custom ringtones for their contacts by...
Skype for Business now heading into preview on Android

Skype for Business now heading into preview on Android

Microsoft has announced the preview for its upcoming Skype for Business offering on Android. Skype for Business will come as an update to the existing Lync 2013 app when it arrives later this year. Central to Skype for Business on mobile devices is the new dashboard. This is where you'll find...
Skype

Microsoft updates Skype to look even more gorgeous

Skype has been updated by Microsoft, introducing a refreshed design for users of the popular communication service to enjoy. The company has implemented a number of visual refreshers to make Skype that much more gorgeous to use on your mobile phone. Version 5.6 should be hitting your hardware at...
Skype for Android

Skype for Android update makes it easier to sign back in after you log out

Microsoft has released an update for its popular Skype messaging app for Android. The update bring the version number up to 5.5 and adds a way for users to quickly sign into the app again. Microsoft says, "With the improvements we've made to battery use and notifications, you can comfortably...
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Microsoft expands Skype for Web beta worldwide with 30 languages supported

Microsoft expands access to its Skype for Web beta to everyone in the world, not just the US and UK. Anyone in the world can now access Microsoft's Skype for Web beta test. The company has revealed it has expanded the reach of the beta worldwide after previously limiting the web client to just...
Skype for Web beta is now open to all users in the US and UK

Skype for Web beta is now open to all users in the US and UK

Microsoft has opened up access to its Skype for Web beta to everyone in the US and the UK. Beta access to Skype for Web is now open to a much wider range of people. All new and existing users in both the US and the UK can take a look the next big thing from Skype. To use it, you will need to...
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EU court rules that Skype's name is too similar to Sky network to claim a trademark

A European Union court has ruled that the name of Microsoft's Skype VoIP service cannot claim a trademark in the EU. The court ruled that the name was too similar to the Sky broadcast network. Sky first filed a trademark dispute with Skype before it was acquired by Microsoft in 2011. Today,...
Skype for Android 5.3 brings several improvements to the chat experience

Skype update makes your emoji bigger and better than ever

Skype for Android has been updated, adding a new chat layout and support for large, animated emoji in chats. This new Skype update will add a number of improvements to the chat experience. The new bubble chat layout brings the Android app interface in line with those on desktop and iPhone. Skype...
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Microsoft rolling out beta invites for Skype on the web

Microsoft is providing yet another way to keep in contact with friends and family by releasing invites for the "Skype for Web" beta. It's a fully featured Skype experience but is instead powered by your favorite web browser. Perfect for those on their Chromebook. Not only are basic text...

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