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Project Kakuma: Educating refugees via Skype

Kakuma students on a Skype video call

Our guest blogger today is Koen Timmers, a Microsoft Expert Educator Fellow from Belgium who is currently teaming up with teachers across the globe to help educate African refugees through an organization known as Project Kakuma. With the help of Skype they teach students in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. In April 2015 a dozen global … Read more

Skype and avian training: birds of a feather

Parrots

Using Skype to check up on your pets while traveling is a pretty popular usage of Skype—but how about pet bird training over Skype? When this tweet (no pun intended) came up on our feed a few weeks ago, we just had to get in touch with its owner to find out more. Please meet … Read more

Skype for Web – now call mobile phones and landlines, plus so much more

Call mobiles and landlines

Last year we brought you a web version of Skype which lets you get straight to your Skype conversations from any computer. Skype for Web is great whether you’re using a shared computer that doesn’t have Skype downloaded, or you just prefer using a web version instead of a downloaded app. We’ve been listening to … Read more

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Girl Rising

International Women's Day

Our guest writer for today’s blog post in celebration of International Women’s Day is Jill Iscol, President of the IF Hummingbird Foundation and Founder of Hearts on Fire, a program of the foundation identifying and showcasing some of the most inspirational and committed individuals working to change the world for the better. Girl Rising is a … Read more

Salam, Skype Translator now speaks Arabic

Skype Translator now speaks Arabic

Ever since its launch in December 2014, Skype Translator has been facilitating connections and relationships across languages. And today, we’re taking another step in our human connection journey by announcing the availability of Arabic as a Skype Translator spoken language. Each of Skype Translator’s language releases has been very important for us—bringing us one step … Read more

Get chatting on Skype from Office Online and OneDrive

Skype on Office Online and OneDrive

At Skype, we are always looking for ways for you to stay in touch more easily with your friends, family, classmates and colleagues. A big part of that promise is by bringing your Skype experiences together with activities, like email and other online services, so that you can get things done faster. Starting today, you can now … Read more

Celebrate World Wild Life Day with Skype in the Classroom

African lion

Today is World Wildlife Day, and this year’s theme is: “The future of wildlife is in our hands.” Students can learn this first-hand by taking a Skype Virtual Field Trip or Skype Lesson to meet animals that they may never have the chance to see in real life, talk to wildlife experts, and learn how … Read more

Skype TX expands the elections coverage

Microsoft Media Center at Iowa Caucuses 2016

Skype TX’s broadcasting capabilities combines traditional press and new media, bringing out the best of both worlds—for free. Located at the heart of Microsoft’s Media Center in Des Moines during the recent Iowa Caucuses, the Skype TX mobile studio enabled media outlets to seamlessly reach a potential cast of 300 million users through a studio … Read more

Teacher on the Trail: reporting from the Iditarod with the help of Skype

Laura Wright's jacket patch

Laura Wright is a 4th Grade teacher at Eanes Elementary School in Austin, Texas. She is also an active member of the Skype in the Classroom community and the winner of the grueling teacher competition for the Iditarod 2016 Teacher on the Trail™. As we write, Laura has just landed in Anchorage, Alaska, and is getting … Read more

Travel with Skype to the Land of the Ice Bears

Polar bear emoticon

Today is International Polar Bear Day and each year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic — and how each of us can help. We spoke to Expedition Educator Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop about his upcoming expedition to the Arctic and how he will be sharing his learnings with … Read more

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