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Microsoft Details Skype 5.0 for iPhone

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Jun 9, 2014, 1:34 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Skype today announced a major new version of its mobile app will be available to the iPhone beginning next week. Skype 5.0 for iPhone has been rewritten from the ground up, according to Skype, and is the most significant launch for Skype on iOS since the first version of the app. Skype says the new app is five times faster than the old version; offers smooth scrolling within and transitions between conversations; improves group chat support and will deliver messages whether or not users are online; and is better at syncing notifications and read receipts between devices and platforms. Skype says the new iPhone app will be available in about a week, and will be followed with a separate version for the iPad.

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Jun 9, 2014, 4:09 PM

Why Compete?

This may or may not be their intent, but competing with Facetime directly on Apple devices is smart. If you can appeal to more users, then it would stand to reason that Skype will be the go to VOIP service, because Facetime is only available on Apple devices. Skype is multiplatform and if MS can make it as easy or better to use, they can grasp a larger consumer base and not just businesses.
As part of the 'discovery' process in their war against Samsung, Motorola and other Android OEM's, a court recently forced Apple to publicly reveal the last memo Steve Jobs sent before he retired. It was from late 2010, and not seen by anyone outside...
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