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Skype and small business: What's new this week

In honor of Small Business Saturday a little more than a week ago, we thought we’d share a roundup of some of the things people are saying about Skype for business lately – plus a bonus gift idea, given that… Read more

Using Skype for Business on your mobile devices

Many small business owners who use Skype are true road warriors, spending days if not weeks at a time traveling for work. In fact, these business people frequently tell us that their travels are what led them to become regular… Read more

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

Brainstorm together, even when you aren't

Many of Skype’s business users work remotely, and generally, we tend to hear from you that the pros outweigh the cons. From time to time, however, I’ll hear remote workers say that they miss the in-person brainstorm sessions common in… Read more

Four ways to bring remote workers closer

We've seen remote working pop up often in the news lately – like this article in Inc. magazine (based on a post on the HBR Blog Network) – and it's led us to take a closer look at this work… Read more

4 questions on video interviewing with career expert Miriam Salpeter

As a small business owner, it's not always practical to bring people in to interview for open positions. You may be looking all over the country (or the world) for the right person, and getting them into the office can… 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

5 tips for amazing presentations with Skype

Recently I've been thinking about how to get the most from my Skype presentations, and thought I'd share some ideas. Hopefully, with your input, this will result in some handy best practices. Most presentations we make today fall into certain… Read more

Customizable, Ubiquitous Real Time Communication over the Web (CU-RTC-Web)

This is a cross-post of an article from the Interoperability @ Microsoft blog. Today, we are pleased to announce Microsoft's contribution of the CU-RTC-Web proposal to the W3C WebRTC working group. Thanks in no small part to the exponential improvements… Read more

Skype leads Prague's rise as a global tech capital

Prague always manages to reinvent itself as a center of culture and innovation, no matter as part of the Holy Roman Empire, the Hapsburg Monarchy, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Czechoslovakia or the Czech Republic. Now, it’s becoming an essential hub in… Read more

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