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Four questions on working with freelancers, with Maven CEO Wyatt Nordstrom

One of the most challenging parts of running a business is making staffing decisions: when and who to hire. We've been hearing more and more about businesses looking to freelancers or contractors (rather than salaried employees) to do their businesses'… Read more

Pro Video Gamer: "Skype Is My Best Friend"

Professional gamer and Guinness World Record video game champion Rob Paz, known as Prod1gyX, grew up in the Bronx just a block away from Yankee Stadium. The noise of the fans thundered through his family's apartment for some 81 home… Read more

NASA and Seven Other Organizations Join Skype in the Classroom to Take Kids on New Educational Adventures

When I was a kid, I had some very big dreams. My imagination would run wild with all the possibilities of answering the question, "What do I want to be when I grow up?" On any given day, I would have given you wildly different answers: I wanted to be a firefighter, an astronaut, a ship captain, a writer, amongst many, many others. One of the reasons I love my job is because Skype in the classroom allows students to experience first-hand what these careers are really like from professionals doing them every day. Read more

VOTE NOW for the "How Video Calls Globalize Shared Learning" panel at SXSW Education

There's only ONE WEEK left to vote for which panels will be hosted at 2013's South by Southwest Education (@SXSWedu) – one of the new components of the famous Austin, Texas-based ideas and arts conference. Vote here before October 5th… Read more

Now you're speaking my language!

Skype is intended to help break down barriers to communication everywhere. So it’s particularly exciting to see small businesses pursuing that same mission, especially when they use Skype to do so. I’m referring to the companies teaching languages via Skype…. Read more

Vote for the winner of Skype Heroes 2012!

People around the world continue to surprise us with the innovative, exciting — and even heroic ways –they use Skype in their lives. We are so inspired by this, we are creating the first-ever "Skype Heroes" program. This year the… Read more

Estonia rules – Freedom House ranks Estonia as the world's number one for Freedom of the Net

Skype has a special relationship with Estonia: this is where our software was born, and where it continues to be developed in our largest office worldwide, in Tallinn. We are still humbled by how, in the just nine years since… Read more

Use Skype URIs to start Skype chats and calls from websites or mobile apps

Skype URIs provide a simple way for developers to initiate Skype calls and chats directly from their websites, desktop and mobile apps. As long as the user has Skype installed on their computer or mobile device, the URI will bring… Read more

Explorer uses Skype to connect Japan and Nepal

On September 13th 2012, Skype connected a school in Japan with a British explorer, Mark Wood. Kesennuma Omose Elementary School of Miyagi Prefecture, is a school famous for its enthusiastic efforts to tackle environmental issues. Mark is a world-renowned polar… Read more

Mobile testing toolkit helps OEMs validate consistent Skype experience on Android devices

Skype is the most popular video calling application on Android handsets and tablets with more than 90 million downloads. As more and more Android devices enter the market, we want to ensure that every Skype user gets the best video-calling… Read more

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