Microsoft Buys Skype for $8.5 Billion
Microsoft today announced its intent to acquire Skype for $8.5 billion in cash, pending approval from the boards of both companies. Microsoft will use Skype to increase the capabilities of its products' real-time voice and video communications tools. Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live, etc. Microsoft said it will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms. Skype will become its own division within Microsoft, headed by current CEO Tony Bates. Skype maks video/voice chatting software for a number of mobile platforms, such as Android and iOS.
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 for Android Earns Tighter Outlook and Office Integration
Microsoft today updated Skype for Android with new ways to work with Outlook and Office. The latest version of Microsoft's calling and messaging app allows users to schedule calls in Outlook from Skype easily by tapping the contact's name and using the scheduling tool to send an invite.
Microsoft Bringing Free Group Video Chats to Skype
Microsoft today said mobile device owners will soon be able to conduct group video chats for free. The feature is headed to Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile 10 handsets and tablets in the coming weeks.
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