Skype for iOS Update Adds Microsoft Account Support
Microsoft today made Skype 4.2 available for Apple's iOS devices via the App Store. The key change to Skype is the addition of support for Microsoft's Messenger, Hotmail, and Outlook.com services. iOS device users can sign in with a Microsoft account and merge their Skype and Microsoft contact databases. The app also allows iOS device users to conduct instant message chats with Windows Live messenger accounts. Other new features include the ability to edit IM messages, add animated emoticons, and create a new account from within the app itself. Skype 4.2 for iOS is a free download from the App Store.
Skype for iOS Gains Siri Support
Microsoft today released a new version of Skype for iOS 10 devices that includes support for Siri. Skype users can now initiate Skype calls by asking Siri to connect them.
Microsoft Brings Cortana Assistant to Skype for Android and iOS
Microsoft today ported its Cortana personal assistant to its Skype chatting application, providing people with access to information without forcing them to leave Skype. Microsoft says Cortana in Skype can suggest useful information based on chat contents, suggest smart replies, manage schedules and/or reminders, and more.
Skype for Windows Phone Gains Drawing Feature
Microsoft today issued an update to its Skype app for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. The app has been refreshed with several new features, the foremost of which is the ability to create drawings within messages.
Skype Douses Android and iOS Apps with Silliness
Skype's mobile app for Android and iOS devices now looks a lot more like Facebook Messenger, based on the preview released by Microsoft this week. In a blog post, Microsoft explained the new features are meant to make conversations more expressive and entertaining.