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Microsoft reveals 'studio-grade' Skype TX for broadcasters

04/08, 7:36am

Broadcast industry standard inputs, updated interface for Skype use on television

Microsoft has unveiled a version of its Skype messaging service designed for broadcasters. Skype TX is called a "studio-grade" software born from its acquisition of broadcast partner Cat and Mouse, which is said to provide a high level of hardware and software integration of Skype into the studio environment for video connections outside the studio.

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Microsoft makes Skype available to all Outlook.com users

03/04, 12:34pm

Global launch allows Skype use within browser

Outlook.com users across the world will be able to use Skype from within their browser, Microsoft has revealed. Previously tested with a small number of users in the US and UK, the service allows all users of the e-mail service to make video calls, audio calls, and send messages to other Skype users, all from within the Outlook.com inbox.

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Microsoft decks continue to clear, two more executives headed out

03/03, 5:51pm

Nadella calls leadership consolidation 'go-forward approach'

Adding to a previous shuffle, Microsoft has made public a pair of high-profile executive departures as new CEO Satya Nadella takes the helm of the company. Tony Bates, the ex-CEO of Skype, and Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing Tami Reller will be "pursuing other interests outside the company."

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Microsoft fixes Skype message synchronization between devices

02/13, 1:13pm

Messages to offline Skype users included in app update

Microsoft has finally fixed the way Skype synchronizes messages across multiple devices, the company has revealed, something that it hinted at late last year. Part of a larger update across multiple platforms, the change will allow users to read all received messages on an account regardless of whether a device is signed in or not, with messages read on one device causing it to be shown as read on all others.

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Intel talks RealSense at CES press conference

01/07, 2:10pm

RealSense will use embedded 3D cameras to allow for NII interface

Intel's CES press conference on Tuesday focused on the interaction between man and machine, thanks to an embedded 3D camera the company has developed in conjunction with a number of hardware partners. The devices Intel will integrate the technology into include 2-in-1 tablets, ultrabooks, touch-enabled all-in-one PCs, and other mobile devices.

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Skype update brings picture-in-picture to Android tablets

12/13, 8:18pm

Update lets Skype users keep chatting in other apps

Skype has rolled out an update to its Android app that lets tablet users continue to video chat even when they have gone into other apps. The new picture-in-picture feature pops up a small Skype window that persists even as a user moves away from the main Skype app. The update also contains a number of other additions, as well as fixes to assorted compatibility issues.

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Microsoft changes Skype partner in China, censoring seemingly lifted

11/27, 1:51pm

Skype traffic in China flows directly through Microsoft servers

Microsoft has moved to a new partner for providing Skype in China, one that could help improve privacy in the region. The messaging service will now be operated by Guangming Founder instead of TOM Online, with some reports suggesting that the move could potentially offer greater protections to users in China from monitoring by the country's government.

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Microsoft working on multi-device synchronization for Skype updates

11/25, 12:42pm

Call states, message notifications to synchronize in Skype in future

Microsoft will be making some changes to Skype, in order to address a number of problems on the messaging platform. Skype product manager Jeff Kunins revealed that the company is testing updates that will allow for full message synchronization across multiple devices, among a number of other items set to improve the service overall.

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Microsoft backtracks on Skype Desktop API cull, spares hardware

11/07, 12:26pm

Call recording, Skype-specific hardware to continue working through API

Microsoft has altered its plan of ending support for its Skype Desktop API, following feedback from users. Compatibility with Skype-enabled hardware and call recording apps will continue to be offered in the communications tool, though the same reprieve will not be extended to chat via third-party applications, which will end in December as originally planned.

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Microsoft closing third-party access to Skype desktop API

11/04, 5:16am

Third-party apps, accessories will stop working with Skype in December

Third party applications, add-ons and accessories will soon cease to function with Skype, according to a new dialog box warning appearing when the app starts up. The change, which will take place in December, could end up rendering a large number of Skype-specific hardware either partly or entirely non-functional to users.

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Microsoft showcases Kinect voice commands, multitasking of Xbox One

10/28, 7:16am

Apps can be snapped to side of screen by verbal commands

Microsoft has shown off how its Xbox One game console will work for multitasking between games and apps. A short video demonstrating quick switching and actions by voice commands through Kinect also shows how game players will be able to use multiple apps at the same time, as well as sharing content with other users.

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Luxembourg investigates Skype involvement in NSA's PRISM program

10/11, 9:37am

Government considers banning information sharing

Luxembourg's data-protection commissioner has reportedly opened an investigation into connections between Skype and the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance program, according to a Guardian report. The commissioner is said to be looking into potential violations of the country's data-protection and privacy laws, which could lead to fines or other sanctions.

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Briefly: Skype for Android tablets, Digg on Android adds unread mode

10/09, 4:56am

Microsoft updates Skype for Android with new tablet mode, better video

Microsoft has updated the Android version of Skype, days after updating the iOS variant. Version 4.4 adds a new interface for tablet users, as well as improved video call quality of up to four times the resolution of earlier versions, along with smaller updates in the form of UI changes, audio routing modifications, and a fix for an issue that caused some phones to reboot on an incoming call.

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Briefly: Skype updated for iOS 7, Disconnect's private search plug-in

10/07, 5:24pm

Skype upgrades accessibility features, interface style

International communication platform Skype has updated its app for iPhone and iPad, following the recent launch of iOS 7. Version 4.13 showcases a revamped interface, reflecting a similar aesthetic to iOS 7; general bug fixes are also included. Accessibility features have been improved, such as touch-type support for the dialpad, and VoiceOver can now announce the sender's name when messaging, as well as provide improved accuracy during group chatting. Though optimized for iPhone 5, Skype 4.13 is compatible with all devices using iOS 5 or later, and can be downloaded from iTunes for free.

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Briefly: Skype for Mac receives update, Tropic 4 DLC coming in Oct

09/26, 10:45am

Skype update fixes chat message bug

Skype for Mac has received a new update that simplifies the sharing experience and fixes a couple of bugs. Now when screen sharing on a Mac, users are given the choice to share either the entire screen or only a specific window. Support for three new languages has also been added, and a bug that caused some chat messages to not display has been fixed. A full list of changes can be found on Skype's blog page.

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Skype working on 3D calls, shows Xbox One voice chat codec quality

08/29, 3:22pm

Possible Skype on PlayStation 4 not ruled out by Skype VP

Engineers at Skype have been working on 3D video calls, though it is unlikely to offer it to users for some time. The future video technology is revealed at the same time as Microsoft shows how Skype's audio codec is being employed in the Xbox One game console to provide higher-quality voice chat, when compared to the Xbox 360.

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Briefly: TwitchTV updated, Skype now supports HD calls on iOS

08/12, 1:22pm

Over 750 channels now available to iOS app

The largest video platform and community for gamers, Twitch, has updated its TwitchTV app for iOS to Version 2.3.5. TwitchTV lets users stream gaming video on demand, and chat with other users. One can browse for content by channel or game, and receive push notifications for when one's preferred channels are live. Version 2.3.5 offers more stable chat and bug fixes. Additionally, more than 750 of the top currently broadcasting channels are now viewable on the iOS app, and the Following view now allows toggling between mobile-viewable streams and those available on Twitch's site. TwitchTV is available for free on iTunes.

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Microsoft calls 2013 'biggest innovation year ever,' teases releases

07/10, 4:24pm

Presentation points to upcoming Surface updates, more MS stores

During today's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner called this year the company's "biggest innovation year ever" and teased new releases from the Seattle-based company. At the end of his remarks, Turner displayed a slide showing major releases from nearly every aspect of the company -- including Office, some Surface revisions, and a host of Skype improvements.

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Skype reaches 100M Android client installs, updates app with redesign

07/01, 12:11pm

Refreshed interface, improved loading times in new Skype client

Skype has released an update for its Android client today, at the same time as revealing the app has broken the 100 million installations barrier. Version 4.0 of the messaging app introduces a few design aspects and the general theme of the Skype client used in Windows 8, as well as a number of performance improvements.

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Skype Video Messaging emerges from preview in mobile, desktop apps

06/17, 12:01pm

Most native apps updated

Microsoft-owned Skype today announced that its Video Messaging feature has left the preview stage and should now be available in most of its native client apps. Desktop support includes OS X and Windows/Windows 8. Compatible mobile platforms, meanwhile, include iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry.

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Briefly: Google+ Hangouts remote desktop, Skype update in Windows 8

05/02, 12:11pm

Google adds remote desktop feature to Google+ Hangouts

Google+ users can now remotely control a desktop in Hangouts, something suggested by the company to help in long-distance technical support. The feature uses the same background tech from Chrome Remote Desktop, according to Google staffer Daniel Caiafa in a Google+ update. When enabled from the Apps section, Hangouts Remote Desktop will ask permission to allow the other user to control the computer, while still allowing both sides to talk and see each other throughout the control session.

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Outlook.com users in UK gain in-browser Skype calls, US in future

04/30, 11:56am

Skype in Outlook.com accompanied by Windows client update

Microsoft has added the ability to make Skype calls within the Outlook.com e-mail service. The site, which left beta in February, will allow Outlook users in the United Kingdom to access their Skype contacts, make calls, and communicate using instant messages, all from within the browser instead of launching external applications.

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Saudi govt moves to exert control over Whatsapp, Skype

03/31, 8:33pm

Messaging tools could be in violation of Saudi laws

The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has issued orders to its regulatory bodies to ensure that communication tools like Skype and Whatsapp comply with the government's stringent requirements governing Internet communications. The kingdom's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) announced last week that it had "become evident that some communication applications through (the) Internet don't meet regulatory requirements." The regulatory body did not, though, specify which laws certain apps might be violating.

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Windows 8 Skype gets contact blocking in update

03/30, 6:36pm

Contact blocking, performance updates included in new update

Windows 8 users running Skype will now have the option to exert greater control over who can contact them, thanks to a new software update. Version 1.6 of Skype, tipped by the company in a blog post on Friday, brings the ability to block contacts. The update also includes a number of performance enhancements for the audio and video chatting software.

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Skype provides video messaging, Messenger migration dates

02/15, 1:54pm

Users to start move from Windows Live Messenger April 8th

Microsoft has updated Skype to allow video messages to be sent to users, in the US and the UK. The new addition to the VOIP-based service comes at the same time as a revised timetable for Microsoft's migration of users from Windows Live Messenger to Skype shows it will start restricting access to Messenger from April 8th, forcing users to change services.

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Skype offers direct carrier billing to users in Russia

02/05, 2:54pm

Mobile payments service Mach plans same for US, Canada

Voice over IP service Skype has started to support direct carrier billing for Skype Credit in Russia, with the United States and Canada set to follow. The new mobile payments option will allow Skype users to purchase Skype Credit directly from the mobile device through their smartphone's browser, with the charge being applied to their account.

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Microsoft to retire Windows Live Messenger on March 15th

01/09, 9:37am

Deadline issued for user migrations to Skype service

Microsoft has announced the date when it will shut down Windows Live Messenger. Users of the messaging service will have until March 15th to migrate over to Skype before the servers are shut down for most of the world, with mainland China being the sole market left using the service due to Skype being run by a company called TOM.

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Changes to Skype terms confirms Video Messaging service

12/05, 5:56pm

Pre-recorded video messaging to be added in near future

Skype is planning to offer video messaging as part of its paid-for service. A change to the terms of service confirmed rumors that the Microsoft-owned messaging network would allow its users to send a pre-recorded video clip to other Skype users, with limitations placed on how many can be sent on non-premium accounts.

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Syrian rebels use Skype, satellite phones to avoid outages

12/02, 7:23pm

Smuggled equipment used to bypass phone lines, cell networks

It has been revealed that Syrian rebels have resorted to using Skype to communicate with each other during the recent country-wide Internet outage. The messaging and voice-calling service was used alongside stockpiled equipment and a satellite connection so as to communicate with others around the country as well as overseas, despite government efforts to stop this from happening.

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Skype, TomTom, Vimeo iOS apps get major updates

11/28, 10:56am

Skype allows merging Messenger, Hotmail, Outlook contacts

Several key iOS apps have received major updates today, most notably Skype and Skype for iPad. The pair can now access Messenger, Hotmail, and Outlook.com contacts after a person has entered their Microsoft account info. People who haven't used Skype before can now finally create an account from within the app, and instant messaging has been improved with selectable emoticons, and the ability to edit messages by tapping and holding. On the dialpad, saved phone numbers can be edited without having to visit a separate window.

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Briefly: Skype for Android 3.0, Cellhelmet iPhone 5 case

11/20, 6:43pm

Skype for Android optimized for tablets

An updated version of Skype for Android featuring support for larger displays has been released. Version 3.0 also includes support for Skype's SILK sideband audio codec, which was designed to capture the full range of human speech. The codec is also aware of a user's connection speed, and will dynamically adjust to provide the best possible audio quality on the fly.

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Skype brings in-store, online gift card scheme to the US

11/20, 9:51am

Giftable Skype credit sold from Microsoft Stores, Facebook

Skype has launched its gift card scheme in the US in time for the holiday season. Mirroring the same promotional efforts in Mexico and the United Kingdom, Microsoft has put both digital and physical versions of the prepaid Skype credit on sale, which can be used towards subscriptions as well as flat credit international calling.

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Skype offers free month of international phone calls

11/15, 1:03pm

Call promotion ends tonight, for existing users only

Skype is offering a free international calling for a one-month period, in an effort to promote its international calling subscriptions. Open to existing customers of the messaging and voice call service until the end of today, the promotion includes free calling to landlines in 40 countries around the world and mobile calls to seven, including to the US, Canada, and Hong Kong.

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Microsoft stops Skype password resets over security issue

11/14, 8:19am

Password reset token core to two-month-old flaw

A security hole in Skype's account management has been discovered by Russian hackers. Posted on a forum two months ago, the flaw revolves around the password reset function and requires the user's e-mail address to accomplish, and finishes with the hacker gaining control of the Skype account while locking the legitimate user out.

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Microsoft releases preview Skype app for Windows Phone 8

11/12, 5:46am

Preview includes always-on background service, full video chat

Microsoft has released a preview version of Skype for Windows Phone 8. Announced during the recent Windows Phone 8 event, the preview version includes the ability for the app to run as a background service, saving on battery power and processing, and for incoming Skype calls to come through to the handset in the same style as a normal phone call.

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Microsoft confirms switch from Messenger to Skype

11/06, 4:13pm

Microsoft says move will allow broader device support

Microsoft today confirmed rumors it was preparing to retire its Windows Live Messenger service in favor of Skype. Starting early next year, Microsoft will begin migrating Windows Live Messenger users to Skype, which the software giant purchased last year for $8.5 billion. Microsoft says that the move will allow the software giant to provide broader device support on all platforms for instant messaging, land and mobile calls, and video calls.

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Microsoft said to retire Windows Live Messenger, use Skype i

11/05, 10:50am

Skype rumored to replace Windows Live Messenger service

When Microsoft purchased Skype, it may have had some key long-term plans in store. The latest rumors stemming from The Verge indicate the software giant's Windows Live Messenger client will be retired in the coming months and integrated into Skype instead. The news comes from several sources, though they are not being named.

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Microsoft pushes prepaid Skype cards to UK stores

11/05, 5:21am

Skype prepaid card scheme set to expand to other countries

Microsoft has launched its prepaid card system for Skype in the United Kingdom. The prepaid cards can add credit to Skype accounts used by customers lacking access to debit cards, credit cards or PayPal, or could be used by those not wanting to link their payment information to the messaging and calling service.

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Windows 8 Skype app detailed, due October 26

10/22, 10:21am

Skype app for Windows 8 will integrate with People, get own Live tile

Skype has just detailed its forthcoming Windows 8 app, which will launch alongside Microsoft's latest OS later this week, on the 26th. The app will be accessible from the Start page/homescreen thanks to its own Live tile that will show any missed calls or messages. The app will always run in the background, promising quick notifications but reportedly without draining battery life on mobile devices.

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Skype offers free Wi-Fi in UK, Ireland through Wicom deal

10/03, 9:36am

Wi-Fi cost passed from customer to retail store

Skype is offering free Wi-Fi access across the UK and Ireland through its app. A deal signed with hotspot provider Wicoms will let customers connect at no charge at various “high street venues and businesses” across the country, in a move that sees the service offer free Internet connectivity for far longer than previous short-term special events, such as in New York City during New Year's Eve.

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Skype codec Opus approved as audio standard by IETF

09/13, 4:45am

Opus could be used in browser-based Skype

Skype has been working on a new audio codec promising CD-quality audio through its calls. The codec, named Opus, has been approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as a new standard for online audio, and is expected to become not only standard for all platforms Skype runs on, but also for other companies to take advantage of for their own products.

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Briefly: Remote Desktop security fix, Skype for iOS updates

08/21, 12:35pm

Skype for iOS gains Photo Share

Apple has released a security update for its Remote Desktop application, which addresses a problem with data encryption. According to Apple the previous release would fail to properly encrypt data when connected to third-party VNC servers, even with the "Encrypt all network data" setting enabled. In addition, the software also failed to provide a warning when the connection was insecure. Version 3.6.1 resolves the problem by creating an SSH tunnel for the connection, and preventing the connection if this tunnel cannot be created. Versions 3.5.2 up to and including 3.6.0 are affected, while earlier releases are not vulnerable.

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Skype for Windows 8 leaks out, shows tablet UI

08/17, 8:44am

New Skype interface revealed in Win 8 leak

Microsoft's new Skype app for Windows 8 has leaked out early, showing how the app has been modernized for Microsoft's tablet-first approach to the look and feel of its apps. Although the app is marked as an 'App Preview,' Neowin
says that it performs fluidly and is relatively stable. The app is expected to adopt exactly the same appearance and functional approach for Windows RT-based tablets as well.

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Microsoft proposes web standard for Skype without plug-ins

08/06, 6:17pm

First step towards in-browser Skype video without plug-ins

Microsoft has officially announced its proposal to bring realtime communication in browsers, without relying on plug-ins. The W3C WebRTC working group received the "Customizable, Ubiquitous Real Time Communication over the Web" (CU-RTC-Web) proposal from the software giant, as the first step toward establishing a standard that would be essential to creating a browser-based version of Skype.

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Logitech TV Cam HD with Skype up for pre-order

08/03, 7:08am

Logitech rolls out latest 720p TV Cam with Skype

Logitech has revealed its TV Cam HD with Skype video calling. Unlike the previous version, which required users to have a TV with a free USB port, the new model works with any TV with a free HDMI port. It will connect to the Internet either through Wi-Fi or by direct connection through an Ethernet port and does not require a computer.

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Skype pushes out hotfixes for IM security bug

07/17, 4:35pm

Windows, Mac, Linux updates available

Skype is now releasing hotfixes addressing a serious security flaw in its VoIP client, according to a blog post. If a few recent versions of the app crashed during the middle of an IM session, they would sometimes send out the last recorded message to the wrong person on a user's contact list. The glitch was also contingent on rebooting Skype, or logging in as a new user.

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Microsoft accidentally deploys Skype via Win Server update

06/28, 11:03am

Network admins to remove network-wide Skype installs

Microsoft has accidentally deployed a Skype update to Windows clients that never had it installed before. The update, via Microsoft's Windows Server Update Services, installed Skype on all connected machines, forcing system administrators to manually remove the software from computers affected by the error.

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Skype for Mac 5.8 gets Mountain Lion support, slim contacts

06/14, 12:05pm

Also enables video auto-rotation for calls with mobile users

VoIP service Skype has released a new version of its Mac client, 5.8. One of the main additions is support for OS X Mountain Lion, which is set to be launched next month. The company has also responded to complaints and re-introduced the slim contact list, which can be resized and repositioned as necessary.

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Skype rolls out 'Conversation Ads' for audio calls

06/13, 7:25pm

Skype hopes new feature will spark conversations

Skype has announced that it is launching a new feature: Conversation Ads, according to a blog post on the company site. Users without Skype Credit or subscriptions who make Skype-to-Skype audio calls using the Windows client will now see ad images displayed in their call windows. The company bills the new feature as a means by which to get customers to engage in "meaningful conversations about brands in a highly engaging environment."

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Microsoft offers OEM Preinstallation Kit for Skype on Win 7

05/30, 11:24am

Microsoft gives OEM partners option to preload SKype onto new Windows 7 PCs

Microsoft is allowing some of its OEM PC maker and system builder partners to download the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) that will preload Skype on new Windows 7 PCs. Included in the kit is Skype 5.8 for Windows code, which is slightly older than the currently available Skype 5.9 for anyone to access. The kit makes it easy to silently pre-install the software for OEMs, who need to be registered with Microsoft before accessing such OPKs, ZDNet reported.

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