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News, stories, and updates from Skype

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

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

Skype from the Earth's "3 Poles"

Mark Wood is an explorer, educator and speaker and was the first person to complete the toughest expedition on the planet, The North South Solo expedition in March 2012. Exploring to Mark is more than just about discovery -… Read more

Skype at the Republican National Convention

This week's 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay is billed as a "Convention Without Walls." William Harris, the event's CEO, describes the goal as "to use every available communications platform and technology to create a nationwide discussion." He continues,… Read more

The Advent of "Ambient Video"

A behavioral phenomenon that's growing in popularity among Skype users is something we like to call "Ambient Video." Some of our users are now leaving Skype video calls with their friends and family running nearly all the time. Interestingly, this is something we've also been doing internally at Skype for a number of years in order to connect our different offices with one another. We have TV screens placed near all the water coolers in our offices so that anyone in one office can see what's going on in any of our other offices around the globe via Skype Group Video Call. Read more

Tired of running the gauntlet on your daily commute?

Sometimes getting to and from the office can be a real feat of strength – sweaty, exhausting and epically long, no matter what city you live in. London is a fitting example at the moment, where overcoming the obstacles of… Read more

Introducing new Skype Cards in Mexico

Skype is always working towards more and more ways to bring people together whenever they are apart. At Skype today we are happy to introduce a new payment option for the Mexico market, Skype Cards. Skype users in Mexico will… Read more

Emoticons: much more than just another smiling face

Think about how an emoticon has helped you to emphasize an important point in an online chat. Or made you realize that somebody was just joking. Or allowed you to get to the point quickly if you were feeling sad… Read more

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