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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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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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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...
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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Skype for Android now lets users share photos with online and offline contacts

Microsoft has updated Skype for Android devices in the Google Play Store, adding in a feature that will allow users to share photos with both online and offline contacts. The 5.2 version also includes some other improvements. Microsoft says: Gone are the days when you and your contacts...

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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...
Skype for Web

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...
Skype for Android

Skype for Android now lets users share photos with online and offline contacts

Microsoft has updated Skype for Android devices in the Google Play Store, adding in a feature that will allow users to share photos with both online and offline contacts. The 5.2 version also includes some other improvements. Microsoft says: Gone are the days when you and your contacts...
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Skype users in India can now call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free

Microsoft is rolling out an offer for Skype users in India through which they can call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free until March 1, 2015. All that's required is a free Skype account and an Internet connection. The promotion is already live, and works as advertised. All...
Skype update lets you multitask with picture-in-picture support

Skype update lets you multitask with picture-in-picture support

Skype for Android has been updated with some notable additions. If you're a multitasker, Skype will now let you continue your video calls when you leave the app with picture-in-picture support for both phones and tablets. Additionally, you can also receive photos when they are sent from iPhone...
Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft launches beta version of Skype for Web

Microsoft has unveiled Skype for Web, a browser-based version of the VOIP service. Currently in beta, Skype for Web functions just like its native desktop counterpart, with voice and video calling and text messaging. The beta is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox on Windows, and...
Skype Qik lets you replace text conversations with instant video messaging

Skype Qik lets you replace text conversations with instant video messaging

Microsoft is expanding the number of apps made by its Skype team today with the Skype Qik video messaging app, designed specifically for mobile devices running on iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The app is scheduled to launch today for all three platforms. So what is Skype Qik? Basically,...
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Microsoft ending Skype domestic mobile and landline calls in India November 10

People in India will soon not be able to use Microsoft's Skype service to make calls to local mobile phones and landlines. The company has quietly revealed, via an updated support website page, that all those kinds of calls will end on November 10 in that country. People in India will still be...
Soon Skype will only bother you on one device at a time

Skype relief is finally coming with notifications only on the device you're currently using

Skype will soon be doing more to curb notification noise on your devices. The company has announced a new feature, known as "active endpoint" that will contain chat notifications to the device that you're using, rather than alerting every single device. For instance, if you're chatting using...

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