Skype Blogs

News, stories, and updates from Skype

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

Skype Debates: Global Cuisine

On a quest to capture some of the distinctive styles and delicious flavors from around the world, Skype has brought together an expert panel of chefs and food connoisseurs to offer their insights on global cuisine. We connected these masters… Read more

'The Reel' Welcomed as New House Band for the Join Say it with Skype App

This past May, we introduced Join Say it with Skype, a contest that gave up-and-coming bands and aspiring musicians the chance to be featured in our group video greeting app Say it with Skype. Soon after, we were flooded with tons of unique entries from all corners of the world. From soul singers in New Zealand to grunge rock bands from the U.S. Deep South, we sifted through the vast range of entries and picked out the most notable performances to present to our celebrity judging panel. That panel, comprising of legendary MTV host and music historian Matt Pinfield, Pete Wentz of Black Cards and OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, deliberated over the finalists by scoring each of them on their musical merits, creativity and performance skills. Read more

'The Reel' Welcomed as New House Band for the Join Say it with Skype App

This past May, we introduced Join Say it with Skype, a contest that gave up-and-coming bands and aspiring musicians the chance to be featured in our group video greeting app Say it with Skype. Soon after, we were flooded with tons of unique entries from all corners of the world. From soul singers in New Zealand to grunge rock bands from the U.S. Deep South, we sifted through the vast range of entries and picked out the most notable performances to present to our celebrity judging panel. That panel, comprising of legendary MTV host and music historian Matt Pinfield, Pete Wentz of Black Cards and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder, deliberated over the finalists by scoring each of them on their musical merits, creativity and performance skills. Read more

Beckham's first coach in disbelief as David misses out on the Olympics

During the run-up to the Olympics, Skype will be airing a number of exclusive interviews with friends and family of top Olympic athletes. Today, David Beckham’s first coach, Stuart Underwood, expresses his disbelief that Beckham wasn’t selected for GB’s football… Read more

Beckham's first coach in disbelief as David misses out on the Olympics

During the run-up to the Olympics, Skype will be airing a number of exclusive interviews with friends and family of top Olympic athletes. Today, David Beckham's first coach, Stuart Underwood, expresses his disbelief that Beckham wasn't selected for GB's football… Read more

Skype Mombassadors: Sharing Ways Skype Keeps Families Connected

Whether you use Skype in your personal or professional life, our video and voice calling, instant messaging and screen sharing are helping to transform the way you communicate. Since Skype's inception, we've seen hundreds of stories surrounding the innovative ways… Read more

Father's Day Spotlight: Children Reconnecting with Dad on Skype

Father's Day, an annual holiday honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, is this Sunday. While some people will be lucky enough to see their dad or granddad in person this weekend, many others will be too far away to spend the… Read more

Father's Day Spotlight: Children Reconnecting with Dad on Skype

Father’s Day, an annual holiday honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, is this Sunday. While some people will be lucky enough to see their dad or granddad in person this weekend, many others will be too far away to spend the… Read more

Skype Chain Letter

We have received reports of a chain letter circulating around the Internet asking Skype users not to upgrade to the newest version of Skype. This letter is another example of an Internet scam that attempts to trick people into paying… Read more

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