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Still using Skype? Good news! After HOURS of meetings, Microsoft reckons it knows when you're Not Active

Microsoft has tweaked the presence model of its chat platform, Skype, in an effort to calm users still shrieking about lost features in the version 8 "upgrade". Peter Skillman, director of design for Outlook and Skype at Microsoft, shared the good news via Twitter that after "HOURS" of meetings, the team had decided to deal …
Richard Speed, 21 Sep 2018
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Microsoft's collaboration software Teams works on its collaboration hardware Surface Hub

Microsoft has finally made its Teams collaborative software available for the big-bastard-screen Surface Hub. The Microsoft Teams app has been in preview for a few months, available to those brave enough to add its jumped-up whiteboard to the Windows Insider programme. Now, assuming you've kept your Surface Hub relatively up …
Richard Speed, 19 Sep 2018

Guys, you need to sit down and have a chat: Skype rolls out SMS a week after Microsoft

Updated Skype demonstrated that it does indeed exist as a separate entity within Microsoft by bringing SMS functionality to its Insiders a week after something similar was flung out to Windows Insiders. Trailed a few weeks ago, Skype's SMS Connect has now begun to roll out to lucky owners of Android phones running version 8.3 or …
Richard Speed, 11 Sep 2018
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Skype can now record your 'special moments' in front of the computer

Call recording is coming to the consumer version of Skype, although users of the Windows 10 UWP incarnation will have a bit longer to wait. Business users have long had the ability to record video and audio calls, but the great unwashed have had to resort to a variety of third-party apps with varying degrees of effectiveness …
Richard Speed, 5 Sep 2018
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Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype's forest of features

This time, Microsoft says, it really will be different: Redmond has promised to stop ruining Skype. Users who have stuck with the product through the frustrations may or may harbour scepticism, but Skype and Outlook design director Peter Skillman blogged a mea culpa of sorts on Friday. The Highlights feature, a misguided and …
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Your Phone prematurely ejected, Skype texting on the way, and 900 more years of Windows

As Alexa and Cortana kicked off a conversation more awkward than the worst Tinder date and Visual Studio 15.8 dropped into the hands of delighted developers, what else happened last week at Microsoft? Your Phone is here! Oh no it isn't! Oh yes it is! Someone in Redmond is having to spend time on the naughty step as the Android …
Richard Speed, 20 Aug 2018
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In Microsoft land, cloud comes to you! Office 365 stuff to be bled into on-prem Office 2019 Server

Microsoft threw a commercial preview bone to cloud-phobes* this week in the form of on-premises versions of its Server and Office applications. While the software giant really, really wants its customers snugly ensconced in the loving embrace of Office 365, realists within Redmond Towers accept that a large portion of their …
Richard Speed, 25 Jul 2018
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Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

Windows users still clinging onto to the halcyon days of Skype 7 (aka "Classic") were warned last night to move to version 8 or face the service dying from September 1. You read that right. While the rest of us look forward to a summer of frolicking in the sun or basking on beaches, a sad-faced Microsoft engineer will be …
Richard Speed, 17 Jul 2018
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Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed

Microsoft’s given users of its collaboration apps on Windows Phone under a month’s warning of their demise. A support note from late last week advises that “Windows phone apps for Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Yammer are retiring on May 20, 2018.” “Retiring” means all three will vanish from the Microsoft store on …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2018

Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

Microsoft has confirmed that some versions of its Skype for Business app are prone to crashes, and the issue won't be easy to resolve. The Redmond software outfit says that it has heard from users who say the 32-bit version of Skype tends to crash when run for an extended amount of time or when sharing screens, and it has …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2018
No swearing WTF?

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

Microsoft has advised customers that offensive language on Skype, in an Outlook.com email, or in an Office 365 Word document is a potentially account-closing offense under its updated terms of use. The tweaked services agreement, which comes into effect on May 1, 2018, now includes the following code-of-conduct item: Don’t …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Mar 2018
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That terrifying 'unfixable' Microsoft Skype security flaw: THE TRUTH

Microsoft has poured a bucket of cold water on people freaking out over a supposedly unfixable security flaw in Skype. The infosec world was atwitter this week over fears and headlines of a nasty bug in Redmond's video chat app that apparently cannot be addressed without a massive code rewrite. That the programming blunder was …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Feb 2018

Can't login to Skype? You're not alone. Chat app's been a bit crap for five days now

A bunch of Skype users are unhappy that they're been unable to sign into the VoIP service for several days. The yakkity-yak app has fallen flat since January 24, leaving a number of punters with two-factor authentication enabled unable to get back into the software after signing out. "Skype users who are signed in are not …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jan 2018
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Skype, Slack, other apps inherit Electron vuln

Updated If you've built a Windows application on Electron, check to see if it's subject to a just-announced remote code execution vulnerability. Electron is a node.js and Chromium framework that lets developers use Web technologies (JavaScript, HTML and CSS) to build desktop apps. It's widely-used: Skype, Slack, Signal, a Basecamp …
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Microsoft finally injects end-to-end chat crypto into Skype – ish...

Microsoft has bunged end-to-end encrypted communications into beta versions of Skype using the open-source Signal protocol. Redmond has been a laggard in locking down Skype as a truly end-to-end encrypted comms system – end-to-end meaning only the people talking to each other can decrypt the chatter, leaving Microsoft and …
Iain Thomson, 11 Jan 2018

Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

Skype has failed in its appeal against a 2016 fine in Belgium for failing to help authorities tap calls in a criminal investigation, with the court saying it must comply with the country's telecommunications laws. Last year, a court in Mechelen imposed the €30,000 fine, because Skype was unable to hand over anything more than …

Cortana, please finish my sentences in Skype texts for me

If you're really, really awkward in Skype text conversations, or you just want someone to think you're paying attention without all that pesky human interaction, you can now get help from Cortana. All you need do is add Cortana as a Skype contact – currently, only if you're in the USA, running Skype on Android and iOS – and …

Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!

Microsoft has shed light on next year's preview of Office 2019, talking up the new productivity suite as a boon for those who may prefer to work outside of the cloud. The Redmond giant says the first builds of Office 2019 will arrive in the back half of 2018. It will be considered the first major "perpetual release" version ( …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2017

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