Microsoft launched a lighter version of its video calling platform, Skype, in India earlier this February. Skype Lite was introduced for low-end Android smartphone running on slow internet connectivity. Microsoft has now introduced new features for Skype Lite users in India in tune with Diwali celebrations.
Microsoft is introducing an update for its Skype chat app that will have built-in support for its digital assistant Cortana. Cortana "will be gradually rolled out" for Skype on both Android and iOS platforms, starting with the US, The Verge reported late on Tuesday. Users will be able to start a private chat with Microsoft Cortana in Skype and the assistant will give them quick suggestions while responding to text chats.
Telecom regulator TRAI will come out with its views on net neutrality by October-end, and also start consultation on "residual" issues around over-the-top (OTT) applications soon, its chairman R S Sharma has said. TRAI has already concluded open house discussions around the controversial issue of net neutrality and is in the process of drafting the recommendations. Sharma told in an interview that the regulator will frame its views on net neutrality "by October-end".
Microsoft announced at its Ignite 2017 conference that it would be merging Skype for Business with Teams its chat-based workspace in Office 365 that focuses on real-time collaborations. Skype for Business, for which several organizations pay a monthly subscription fee to access advanced features like automated voice system that routes in-coming calls to recipients, is now practically dead. It was launched three years ago as an improved version of Microsoft's erstwhile video-conferencing software Lync. Teams, meanwhile, is less than a year old.
Researchers at Facebooks AI lab have developed a 'human-like' bot which is controlled by an artificially intelligent algorithm trained after it watched hundreds of videos of Skype conversations. The algorithm was trained on Skype so that it could learn and then mimic how humans adjust their expressions in response to each other, New Scientist web portal reported.
To be honest, I receive so many text messages each day, that it almost feels like a full-time job to keep those messages organized. With so many messages requiring attention, from bills to travel confirmations to appointments, keeping a track of all can get a bit overwhelming. And claiming to have found the key to the very issue, Skype Lite has launched a new feature called SMS Insights, which will apparently make your inbox smarter.
Microsoft-owned Skype has now integrated PayPal on its messaging platform. The updated Skype app with a PayPal payment option will roll out to users in 22 countries (not India for now), TechCrunch reported. Skype has over 300 million daily users and this integration allows PayPal to expand its reach at a time when the peer-to-peer (P2P) payments space is heating up. Messaging giant WhatsApp too is on the verge of launching its payments service, starting with India in all likelihood.
With new Indian tax reform in place, popular messaging and chat service, Skype will be required to impose Goods and Services Tax (GST), in effect from July 1. However, Indian customers purchasing any Skype-branded products will get revised rates post August 1. Microsoft is said to delay the effective tax imposition, and will bear the GST expenses till then.
Microsoft had launched Skype Lite app at its Future Decoded event in Mumbai earlier this year. As the name suggests, Skype Lite is aimed at low-end Android smartphones running on slow internet connectivity. In addition to being lite , the app also comes with built-in Aadhaar integration. Microsoft had said that the feature would go live this fall and the Aadhaar integration is now available for users in India starting today.
Earlier this week, Skype services were disrupted owing to some connectivity issues. Now, a hacker group has claimed responsibility for taking down the communication service. Hacking group CyberTeam posted on Twitter, claiming responsibility for the attack. Skype outage started on June 19 and affected users in multiple countries across Europe, Japan, India, Singapore, Pakistan and South Africa.
Microsoft-owned Skype has just realized that it s 2017. Skype is going through a major redesign with its main focus being on chat. Skype s new features take some inspiration from Snapchat which has become an open source for ideas after Facebook milked all that was left in the app. The new update is referred to as the next generation of Skype and the new features include bots, add-ins, allows users to share photos and videos and more.
The month-long ban imposed by the Jammu and Kashmir government on social media platforms and Internet sites to curb the unrest in the valley has come to a cropper with almost everyone accessing these platforms using Virtual Private Networks. The state's Home department, through an order issued on April 26, had banned 22 social media platforms and sites including Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter in a vain bid to curb the street protests in Kashmir.
Microsoft is ready to kick off Microsoft Build 2017, developer s conference in a couple of days from May 10 to May 12 in Seattle at 8AM (8.30PM IST). This year, the focus will be on Cloud Edge computing or Fog Computing, artificial intelligence, Windows 10, and more. Build 2017 is expected to take Satya Nadella s cloud-first, mobile-first philosophy further. The Build conference this year promises to bring a host of much-talked about but yet to be seen features to developers. Unlike previous years, there have hardly been leaks keeping the schedule and the details under wraps till the last minute. However, from the few details floated around, here s what we can expect from Microsoft Build 2017:
Jammu and Kashmir government has banned 22 social networking sites and applications including Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter in Kashmir on the ground that these were being misused by anti-national and anti-social elements to fan trouble.
In August last year, Google launched its video calling app called Duo to take on Microsoft s Skype, Apple s FaceTime and others. A key highlight of Google Duo was that it was a no-frills video calling app optimized to work even on 2G networks. Now, Google has updated the app by adding audio calling support too.
Skype, the voice and video calling service from Microsoft, has been undergoing quite a few changes in recent times. Microsoft recently announced the addition of the tenth language Japanese under their translation support. Instant translations of both voice and text can be immediately accessed. Japanese translation will now be supported across all Microsoft Translation services.
Google has sent out an email to members of G Suite team informing them about removing SMS support in Hangouts from May. The said email has been shared over Reddit and states that the change will come into effect from May 22. The move is believed to be part of Google's growing focus on the enterprise segment. Google recently launched a 'Hangouts Meet' for corporate video conferencing. In the enterprise segment, Google already competes with Skype, and is now also facing competition from new products like Slack and Microsoft's Teams.
Microsoft s team is working hard to make Skype as user-friendly as possible. The instant messaging and video calling service is already available on Windows OS, Mac OS and also on Open-Source Linux OS. After launching an alpha version of Skype for Linux in July last year, Microsoft s engineering team has finally made some progress by moving the program from alpha to beta phase.
Days after it announced an exclusive "Made for India" Skype Lite app, Microsoft said it will soon discontinue its Skype Wi-Fi, a media report said. The Skype Wi-Fi app would be delisted and it would no longer function after March 31. This app gave users an option to connect to one of over two million hot spots around the world, Digital Trends reported on Tuesday.
At Microsoft s Future Decoded event in Mumbai, CEO Satya Nadella launched the new Skype Lite app for low-end Android smartphones that come with limited processing power and low internal storage. The app is just 13MB in size and has been designed for the Indian market to work on slower 2G networks. Skype Lite also comes integrated with bots platform to pull up information such as news, horoscope and more, without having to use the web browser. The app is available to download for free from Google Play store.