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The Best of Skype is Now an Integral Part of Surface 2 & Surface Pro 2

Today, Microsoft unveiled the next generation of Surface devices together with an amazing Skype experience. We are excited to announce that everyone who purchases a Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 will receive the “Best of Skype”* which includes one year of Unlimited Worldwide Calling and unlimited Skype WiFi. This means, you can get online and stay close to those you … Read more

Skype for iPhone and iPad, version 4.12.1

Today we’re pleased to release Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad, version 4.12.1. In this release we’ve focused on call quality and accessibility improvements, in addition to incorporating your feedback and adding a new ‘Join Call’ button for group voice calls. Latest improvements: ✓ Join group voice calls from your iPhone. ✓ Voice and … Read more

Introducing Mystery Skype: A Global Game that Makes Learning Fun!

Are you keen to bring new activities into your children’s classroom? The highly popular game of Mystery Skype is the new educational game that you’re looking for. What’s the aim of the game? It’s simple – two classrooms arrange to call each other on Skype with the goal of guessing the location of the other … Read more

Skype Celebrates a Decade of Meaningful Conversations!

In 2003, the human genome was sequenced to 99.99% accuracy, moviegoers flocked to see Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and Finding Nemo, and J.K. Rowling released her fifth Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” And on August 29th that year, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis founded what … Read more

A Who’s Who of Most Interesting Skype Users

Fab, funny, royal, inspirational and worldly people have relied on Skype for personal, business and educational reasons. Check out some of the most interesting people who have used Skype over the past 10 years. Oprah Winfrey When the “Queen of Talk” used Skype to set up video calling for her series discussing Eckhart Tolle’s book, … Read more

Overcoming the Isolation of Huntington’s Disease

It was a complete shock when Daniel’s father was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease (HD) four years ago. Daniel had “never heard of it before” and “didn’t know anyone else who had it or was at risk for the disease.” The inherited genetic condition frequently manifests itself during mid-life and leads to a decline in muscle … Read more

Staying Together with Art and Skype

What kid isn’t an artist? Every parent’s fridge is covered in enthusiastic paintings and drawings and every shelf is crowded with sculptures. Fortunately, Skype makes it easy to share each masterpiece with friends and family all over the world. Julia, one of the stars of our recent Stay Together videos, lives in Los Angeles but … Read more

Classrooms in US and Mexico Bond Over Books

Partnering with another class to read together is a fantastic way to use Skype in your classroom. Not only does this type of lesson improve literacy skills, it’s also a great way to introduce your students to new cultures and stories from around the world. Recently, as part of Skype’s Global Reading Initiative, Elisa Steele, … Read more

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