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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 Lite for Android is a throwback to a simpler (better?) Skype

Skype got a major overhaul on Android earlier this year, but the unreleased Skype Lite harkens back to the old school design of the video and messaging service. Skype Lite is aimed at the mobile market in India, and in this case, "unreleased" means possibly unstable. But depending on your...
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Microsoft brings some Cortana magic to Skype Preview for Android

Microsoft has brought a little bit of Cortana magic to the Skype Preview app on Android. If you use the Skype Preview app for Android, then you can now interact with Cortana alongside all of your other chats — so long as you call the U.S. home. The latest update to the app, which acts as sort...
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Skype now lets you send money to friends via PayPal on Android

Skype has teamed with PayPal in hopes to be your go-to app for paying back friends. Skype has added the ability to send money to your friends on Android and iOS as part of a new partnership with PayPal, the company announced today. Available in 22 countries at launch, the Send Money feature...

Microsoft has redesigned Skype with new 'Snapchat-like' features

Android users will get the first look at the redesigned Skype app. Since acquiring Skype six years ago, Microsoft has done a good job taking over the ongoing development of the popular video calling service, adding new features for both Skype and Skype for Business over the years. Today, Microsoft...
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Microsoft rolls out Skype Lite in India with support for biometric authentication

Skype Lite is designed to work on slow cellular connections in India. After Facebook Lite and YouTube Lite (which is dubbed YouTube Go), it is now Microsoft's turn to roll out a 2G-friendly version of Skype in India. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed off the app at an event in Mumbai earlier...

Skype as your default Android messenger and dialer? It's almost a reality

Skype as your default messaging app? It's almost a reality. Thus continues the Microsoft takeover of your Android device. A new Skype application called "Skype Mingo" has been making the rounds. It enables Android users to utilize Skype as a native calling app, contacts manager, and all-in-one...

Skype now allows for sharing of files, photos and videos of up to 300MB

Microsoft is allowing all users of its Skype VoIP service to share files, photos and videos of up to 300MB each with friends and groups. In a blog post, Microsoft stated files that are shared on Skype can be accessed later if the person that is receiving the file is offline. They can also...

Skype gains a refreshed interface and new features on Android tablets

Microsoft has released Skype 7.0 for Android, with the new version of the VoIP client adding a revamped user interface for tablet owners, along with new features. Microsoft says: We've redesigned the tablet UI from the ground up, bringing a number of material design inspired elements....

Microsoft's new Skype bot Project Murphy can merge two things into one

Microsoft launched support for text chat bots in Skype earlier this week and now a new bot made by the company is showing off what these AI creations can do. "Project Murphy" adds a new bot to your Skype contacts and then you can ask it "What if..." questions. The end result is a merging of two...
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You can now text to an AI bot with Skype on Android

As part of Microsoft's Build 2016 developer conference, the company is updating its Skype messaging app for Android with a preview version of its bot support. The new feature will allow users to chat with an AI bot in via text messaging. These bots will in the future allow Skype users to do...
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Microsoft is retiring the Skype Qik video messaging app on March 24

One of Microsoft's Skype spinoffs, Skype Qik, is being shut down on March 24. Microsoft launched the video messaging app in 2014, but today it said that it has now incorporated many of its features into the main Skype app. Microsoft stated: "In 2014, we launched Skype Qik, a mobile video...

Microsoft plans to have you video calling groups of friends by the end of March

Microsoft has announced plans to have the world video calling groups of friends on Skype by the end of March. The company posted the announcement, which covers Android-powered tablets and phones, as well as the iPhone and iPad. Roll out has commenced in Western Europe and the U.S., with hopes to...



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