Skype Blogs

News, stories, and updates from Skype

Emoticon Challenge – Expressing Yourself with Skype IM

In our first Moment Makers challenge, we asked you to create your own Skype instant messaging emoticon art. Our users released their inner artists, using our chat window as their canvas and there was some amazingly creative art shared. We love how creative our users are and we pulled together a montage of masterpieces to … Read more

Overcoming the Isolation of Huntington’s Disease

It was a complete shock when Daniel’s father was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease (HD) four years ago. Daniel had “never heard of it before” and “didn’t know anyone else who had it or was at risk for the disease.” The inherited genetic condition frequently manifests itself during mid-life and leads to a decline in muscle … Read more

Staying Together with Art and Skype

What kid isn’t an artist? Every parent’s fridge is covered in enthusiastic paintings and drawings and every shelf is crowded with sculptures. Fortunately, Skype makes it easy to share each masterpiece with friends and family all over the world. Julia, one of the stars of our recent Stay Together videos, lives in Los Angeles but … Read more

Skype secures family ties, brings business for AIRDEX

Naturally, we at Skype are big proponents of the value of face-to-face communication and connecting with friends and family. And we love a great story. So when we heard this tale from a Skype user we featured on the blog about a year ago, we knew we had to share. Recently Russell Valvo, sales manager … Read more

Skype Buttons Q&A: Offer Call Or Chat Right from Your Website

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We’ve had a lot of interest in the Skype for business community around adding Skype buttons to your company website, so we’d like to dig a little deeper into the topic. Here we’ll address some of the most common questions we hear about Skype buttons. 1. What are Skype buttons? Skype buttons are small, clickable … Read more

Road Warrior Learns Languages With a Little Help From Skype

Ever since the cassette player was considered cutting edge, students of foreign language have been using the latest technology to learn to parle francais, hablo espanol or falo portugues. And while there are clear benefits of listening to key conversational phrases while driving to work or doing chores at home, Claudine Woo finds it more … Read more

Classrooms in US and Mexico Bond Over Books

Partnering with another class to read together is a fantastic way to use Skype in your classroom. Not only does this type of lesson improve literacy skills, it’s also a great way to introduce your students to new cultures and stories from around the world. Recently, as part of Skype’s Global Reading Initiative, Elisa Steele, … Read more

Skype for Android 4.0 Update: We Heard You

We are launching a minor update to Skype for Android today to address some of the feedback we’ve received over the past week. We heard you loud and clear and want to provide you with the best experience possible when using the redesigned application. The following changes have been made: You wanted an easier way … Read more

The “Impossible” Family Portrait is Suddenly Possible

Hair styles may come and go (remember the Rachel?) and clothes can be ‘so cool’ one day and ‘so over’ the next. But some things are forever, like lasting family memories. A recent poll conducted by Harris Interactive online found that Americans crave more of these images. At 49%, nearly half wished they took more … Read more

Skype for Windows Phone 8 – Version 2.8

Today we’ve released an update for Skype for Windows Phone 8, the next step on our journey towards Skype’s Mobile Future. We’re focusing on putting conversations first, improving quality and performance, and bringing new features to Skype for Windows Phone 8. In this release we’ve significantly improved the app start and resume performance – so you can … Read more

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