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The Simple Guide to Get Your Mother Started With Skype

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Modern people are always on the move and, increasingly, that means relocating far away from home. In 2011, 40% of Americans lived in a state other than where they were born and, in 2013, 3 million people in the UK moved house. I am one of these statistics; I live in California but my parents … Read more

Give the Gift of Gab this St. Patrick’s Day

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The Irish gift of gab is the stuff of legend. Whether this talent for eloquent and persuasive talk is found in traditional folk tales, a conversation at the pub, or in the writings of Oscar Wilde, the Irish rightfully pride themselves in their flair for language. Adam Keating, who lives with his wife and 6-year-old … Read more

TED 2014 – Envision The Future of Music

The key message of every TED talk, conference or panel is ‘ideas worth spreading’. One person whose ideas are definitely worth spreading is multi-talented musician and Skype Music Moment Maker Frank Bell. Frank is a classically trained cellist who loves experimenting with numerous musical styles – funk, soul, pop, you name it. As he told … Read more

Skype for Xbox One Delivers an Enhanced Experience

Since we launched Skype for Xbox One* in November, we’ve been hard at work improving the living room experience for Skype users. Today we are excited to announce the first update to Skype for Xbox One, which brings several new features: #1 Improved Chat: We know that many of our users jump between using Skype … Read more

Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Characters Assemble As Skype Icons

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Emoticons have been gracing Skype chats since 2004. You’ve told us you love these fun faces, expressions and icons because they add an extra flair to conversations, and you’re always clamoring for new additions. So, today, we’re excited to let you know that Skype emoticons are adopting new “hidden heroes” alter egos, transforming into characters … Read more

Skype Labs: Five Years of Innovation

Can you imagine a world without numbers? The Pirahã people, in the northwest jungle of Brazil, have one of the world’s few examples of an anumeric language. Think about how difficult it would be in our everyday lives, or on Skype, to express quantities only through approximations, as do the Pirahã. By looking at a … Read more

Skype in the Classroom Builds Friendships across Borders

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When students at St. Anselm Catholic Elementary School in Toronto sang, “I love you in the morning and in the afternoon” through a Skype video call to their new friends at an orphanage in Uganda, time zones and differences melted away. The call was part of the CHAT to the Future program, which regularly connects … Read more

A Workday Without Skype Isn’t Much of a Workday At All

I recently wrote about taking things for granted, like how easy it is to start a Skype call. That got me thinking about other things I take for granted while working at Skype, and one of them is Skype itself. I would really struggle through my work day without Skype and in the tips below, … Read more

Share Your Style in the Boyfriend Jeans Challenge

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When it comes to fashion, it’s easy to stay on top of the latest trends, but developing an iconic personal style is a challenge. As style icon Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” A quick Skype video call, photo share, or video message are the most efficient ways to compare … Read more

Skype Is the Perfect Way To Share Wonderful Experiences

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Skype has been part of my life ever since I moved to New York City eight years ago. What began as a way to stay in touch with friends and family back home in Romania, evolved in a daily ritual to stay connected with people around the world, whether home in NYC or on the … Read more

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