Skype Teases At Possible Deal with AT&T
Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Skype and Qik executives explained that merging their messaging, calling, and video calling technologies is going to take a bit of time. "We're collaborating with the Skype team from a technical standpoint," Qik co-founder Bhaskar Roy said. During this process, both Skype's and Qik's existing contracts (with Verizon, and Sprint and T-Mobile, respectively) will remain in place. Regarding whether or not Skype or Qik will create a relationship with AT&T, Skype's head of consumer product management, Rick Osterloh said, "Let's watch out for some announcements there."
Microsoft Brings the Power of Cortana and Bots to Skype
Microsoft is giving Skype a boost of intelligence thanks to Cortana and Skype Bots. With Cortana integration, Skype users will be able to do things such as manage their calendar and contacts without leaving the Skype app.
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.
Skype Deepens Office Integration, Improves Video Sharing
Skype today updated its app for the iPhone and iPad, and added several new features to the messaging platform. To start, iOS users can now launch Skype voice or video conversations from within Office documents, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Skype to Kill Off Qik Messenger
Skype today said it will discontinue its Qik video messaging service. Microsoft bought Qik and relaunched the mobile app as a way for people to send quick video clips to one another.