Windows Live Messenger to Go Dark March 15
Microsoft indicated this week that its Windows Live Messenger service will be permanently shuttered on March 15. The company is replacing Windows Live instant messenger with Skype, and suggests that all Windows Live Messenger users transition to Skype as soon as possible. Microsoft has updated the Skype application for various platforms in recent months to improve its chatting abilities. This includes Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. A preview version of Skype for Windows Phone is currently available in the Windows Phone Store.
Google Drops Wear OS Developer Preview with Support for P
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Google today released the first developer preview of Wear OS, the renamed platform for smartwatches and other wearables. Importantly, this developer preview brings with it support for Android P features.
Skype for iOS Gains Siri Support
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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.
Developers Can (Finally) Create Instant Apps
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Google today made its instant apps tool available to all developers. Google first announced instant apps at its I/O developer conference in 2016.
Facebook Adds Instant Articles to Messenger for Android
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Facebook today brought Instant Articles to Messenger for the Android platform. Instant Articles load faster on mobile devices, up to 10x quicker than traditional mobile links.
Skype Douses Android and iOS Apps with Silliness
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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.