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Skype video calling and chess – a winning strategy

Shawn Gringo teaches chess over Skype video calls

The mother of all abstract strategy games, chess continues to hold court as a perennial favorite pastime of amateur and professional players worldwide, in local and international tournaments, or just as a friendly match in the park enjoyed by two friends. But did you know chess players still make up one of the biggest gaming … Read more

Chat with snowboarder Jamie Anderson about her off-season training

Join a group chat with pro snowboarder Jamie Anderson

It might be football and baseball season for some, but for winter sports fans, it’s the season we wonder what our favorite athletes have been getting up to all summer. If you’re a fan of Olympic and X Games champion Jamie Anderson (and let’s face it—who isn’t?), you might be following her on social wondering … Read more

Storytelling and accessibility: meet our Shoot the Future winner

James Rath, winner of the Shoot the Future competition

A few weeks ago, we announced the winner of our Shoot the Future contest, a competition designed to find a new, truly innovative and inclusive documentary, news or entertainment concept. “Playback”, a creative project that blends video storytelling and accessibility, took the gold among 500 entries. We recently caught up over Skype with the man … Read more

To Windows Mobile Insiders: Send SMS with Skype Preview

Send SMS with Skype Preview

Yesterday, we rolled out an updated Skype Preview for Windows 10 PC and Mobile to members of the Windows Insider Program. The SMS relay feature is part of this update, and allows users to send and receive SMS and MMS messages directly from a Windows 10 PC when Skype on your Windows 10 Mobile is … Read more

Indie film company bridges time zones with Skype

Alexander "Lexx" Ore

Nigerian-American filmmaker Alexander “Lexx” Ore is the CEO of Lexxistalking Entertainment, a NYC-based film production powerhouse with satellite locations in Nigeria, West Africa. His latest production, The Dance Movie Project (TDMP), Africa’s first Afrobeats dance movie, is set for global release later this year. Alexander “Lexx” Ore. Writer and Executive Producer of The Dance Movie Project Afrobeats is … Read more

Journey to Aquarius over Skype

Journey to Aquarius over Skype

Just as people are fascinated by life on the International Space Station, it’s equally as mysterious to think about living 60 feet underwater in a permanent aquatic lab. Since few people actually have the chance to experience life as an aquanaut, Skype is once again teaming up with the Aquarius Reef Base to take students … Read more

Skype Collaborations: a glimpse of the world for our students

Skype collaborations: a glimpse of the world for our students

Todd Flory is a 4th grade teacher in Andover, Kansas, and a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and the PBS Digital Innovator Kansas lead for 2016. He believes in creating global citizens in a global classroom. Years from now, when my students look back on their 4th grade year, I want them to … Read more

6 gamers and a 100-hour Skype call

100-hour Skype call

A few days ago, 6 young gamers wrapped up a 100-hour Skype call. 100 hours of uninterrupted gaming and chatting across 4 states, 3 countries and 2 continents. They all met through the gaming community and YouTube and have yet to meet in person. They’ve been using Skype to chat while gaming for a while … Read more

A teacher’s journey with Skype in the Classroom

Iro Stefopoulou's students on a Skype call

Today’s guest post is by Iro Stefopoulou, English Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Skype Master Teacher from Greece who has recently moved to the UK.   The start of an inspiring adventure In August 2013, while all my friends were enjoying the sea and the sun in Greece, I was spending the summer holidays … Read more

Skype and artist Shane Scarazzini compose virtual guitar lessons

Shane Scarazzini

“I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions.” – B.B. King The King of the Blues and today’s guest writer have that in common. Hailing from the Hudson Valley, NY, guitar player and artist Shane Scarazzini is a widely versatile musician whose music is rooted in blues, country and rock. Crediting his two biggest … Read more

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