Skype Blogs

News, stories, and updates from Skype

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

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

Doctor uses Skype to support hospital in rural Africa

A nurse first told Dr. Maneesh Batra about Uganda's rural Kiwoko Hospital while they were working together on a late-night shift at Children's Hospital in Seattle. It was 2002 and Maneesh was a young resident with a broad interest in… Read more

Forging the bond between coach and athlete over Skype

As athletes climb to higher levels of competition, their relationship with their coach becomes more essential – and way more complex. Few manage that intricate bond better than top NCAA and Olympic swimming coach Kim Brackin. Founder of Brackin Elite… Read more

Skype joins Lady Gaga for the Born This Way Ball Tour

What's missing from this equation: Lady Gaga + Skype + _____ = Born This Way Ball world tour? You, of course. Skype and Lady Gaga are teaming up to bring fans brand new experiences along her monumental world tour. Skype… Read more

Skype and a New Audio Codec

Skype has quietly revolutionized the sound quality of our daily communications. We introduced SILK, our own audio codec, to make our calls sound more like being there in person in January 2009. Since then, we've used it to serve more than 750 billion minutes. Read more

Skype thanks military families

The old quote goes: "the hardest job in the military is being a military spouse." We here at Skype salute all that military families endure – the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines as well as their loved ones back at… Read more

Cricket Teams Settle Playoff Match over Skype

Scotland is known for many things but good weather is not one of them. While the Scots pride themselves on being tougher than their climate, the popular sport of cricket is dependent on windows of dry weather between the inevitable… Read more

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