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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 now lets you open your documents in Microsoft Office

Microsoft is adding a couple of new and useful features to its Skype messaging app for Android. The biggest new addition is the ability for users to open Word, PowerPoint or Excel file attachments from directly in the Skype app. Microsoft says: Easily open Word documents, PowerPoint...
Here's how to change your Skype password on Android

How to change your Skype password on Android

Skype has been facing a bit of trouble with people gaining unauthorized access to others accounts recently, so it's always a good thing to know how to reset your password from wherever you may be. Odds are that even if you aren't in front of your computer, your Android phone or tablet is within...
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You can now start a group Skype call from right inside Slack

Users of the popular Slack business messaging service can now start a Skype call from within any of Slack's clients. This is thanks to a new integration that links the text-based Slack into the voice-and-video-centric Skype from Microsoft. In order to enable this preview, Slack users can go to...

Skype for Android to add group video calling support soon

Microsoft is planning to add group calling features to its Skype mobile apps in the near future. That includes the Windows 10 Mobile, Android and iOS versions. Microsoft says the group video call updates will be released sometime in the coming weeks, but people who are interested in trying...
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Skype for Business officially launches for Android, replacing Lync 2013

Microsoft has officially launched its enterprise-themed VoIP client Skype for Business for Android devices. Microsoft offered a preview version for IT admins to try out in October before today's release. Skype for Business replaces the old Lync 2013 app on Android, and current users of that...
Skype for Android now lets you save video messages, share photos directly to groups

Skype for Android update lets you save video messages, share photos directly to groups

Skype for Android recently received a pretty handy update, bringing the ability to save video messages, share photos directly from your photo gallery to group conversations, and more. Here's the skinny on what's new in Skype for Android 6.11: Save video messages – When you record or receive a...
Skype offering free calls to France following violence in Paris

Skype offering free calls to France following violence in Paris

In addition to cellular carriers waiving fees for international calls, Skype has announced that it will be making calls to landlines and mobile phones in France free for a few days. This move follows attacks that took place in Paris on Friday night. From Skype: In light of the devastating...
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Skype adds new video message filters for wild and crazy fun with Android update

Microsoft is rolling out an update for Skype on Android that adds a new filter feature for video messages. The idea is to sruce up your quick messages to friends with some added flair. Microsoft says: Get started by tapping the filter wand at the bottom left of the video message window....
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Microsoft's Skype for Business messaging app coming to Android soon

Microsoft is planning to officially launch its Skype for Business app for Android devices sometime later in 2015. The app, which replaces the old Lync 2013, has officially launched for the iPhone and iPad. The Android version is currently available in a preview version for IT administrators to...
Skype gets cozy with Android Wear, brings calls and chats to your wrist

Skype gets cozy with Android Wear, brings calls and chats to your wrist

Skype for Android is getting an update to version 6.4 this evening, bringing along with it some much-needed integration with Android Wear. With this latest update, users will now be able to manage their conversations on their Android Wear watch by responding to chats with voice-to-text,...

Skype text messages can now show short movie and TV show-based 'Mojis' clips

There's a new way to chat with your friends on Skype via text messages. Microsoft is launching a new feature called "Mojis". Much like how emojis allow text chat to be more colorful with special symbols, the new Mojis let users add short pre-generated clips from movies and TV shows in text...

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...

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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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...

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

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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...