Hands-On With Skype Voice & Video Calls For Outlook.com

I have not touched Skype since the advent of FaceTime, and Viber video calls, but there is still definitely a huge user-base for the service especially in the enterprise market. Integrating Skype across their line of mobile and desktop products has been high on Microsoft's priorities with post-acquisition Skype - the latest product to be integrated is Outlook.com. Let's go hands on! Read More

Video Messaging Finally Arrives On Skype For Windows Phone

Skype was a latecomer on Windows Phone, but everyone thought that once the app became available, it won’t be too different from its counterparts on iOS and Android. With the passage of time, this assumption has been proven wrong many times over, as despite being owned by Microsoft itself, the WP app of the service seems to have always been way down in the priority list when it comes to rolling out new features of the service. A few months back, Skype introduced video messaging on all other platforms, but WP7 and WP8 were left out of the picture. Now, however, the feature has finally been added to the Windows Phone app of the service, which means you can record video messages for anyone easily, and then share them even if the other party is not online. Thanks to Skype’s latest update, you can share as many videos with your friends as you want, and that too without having to worry about all the awkwardness that comes with live video chatting. Read More

How To Send Video Messages To Your Offline Contacts In Skype

Voicemail lets you deflect calls when you’re busy in order to be able to access the recorded messages later. If you've ever thought of having that very same feature in Skype - the leading app for making voice and video calls over the internet, we have some great news for you. Skype has just added the feature and you can now send video messages to your Skype contacts even when they’re offline. On free accounts, a video message can be 3 minutes long, but with a premium account, users can send video messages of any length. The video messages can be sent from both desktop and mobile apps of the service, and can be recorded by front facing or regular back cameras on mobile devices. Read More

Auto-Set Skype Status To Do Not Disturb When Using A Specific App

Talk about VoIP, and Skype would probably the first thing to pop up in your mind. It’s apparently become an indispensable mode of communication for many people who like to stay connected with their friends, relatives and coworkers remotely over the internet, although services like Tango, Viber and Whatsapp are on their way to change this trend on mobile devices. Various plugins and apps have also been created by third party developers designed to either improve Skype’s functionality or provide added features in one way or the other. Seaside, for instance, is a very useful app for running multiple Skype sessions on the same Windows computer, while Multi Skype Launcher does the same on Mac. Likewise, SkyRemote is a minuscule plugin for remotely sharing your desktop screen with Skype contacts. Skype Status Changer is yet another great plugin that, as the name implies, automatically changes your Skype online status. Read More

Log In To Multiple Skype User Accounts Simultaneously On Mac

Late last year, we covered a little tip to show you how you can run multiple instances of any app on a Mac. It requires you to run a script and is pretty simple even for someone who has never used the AppleScript Editor. Though there is one caveat with that method - it doesn't work for all apps, as we noted in the aforementioned post. Skype was one such app that we identified would not run multiple instances with the script. The reason has something to do with Skype itself, rather than the script. If you were disappointed by this and have the need to run multiple instances of Skype, Multi Skype Launcher is a free Mac app that will do the trick. It’s currently in beta and requires OS X Lion or higher. The app is basically a launcher for Skype, but allows you to launch a new instance of the popular app each time you click it, be it a hundred times if you need to. Read More

How To Continue Using Windows Live Messenger Without Switching To Skype

Not even a decade ago, Windows Live Messenger – Microsoft's foray into the IM apps – was the most popular online communication medium around, and was heavily used by the youth. Although, it remained renowned for years since its inception, people eventually lost interest in the app, specifically after the introduction of Skype. As Skype and Windows Live Messenger are both owned by Microsoft now, the company decided to shut down the latter, forcing existing Messenger users to update to the former. Though for certain regions, Microsoft is still keeping the service alive and its servers running . Messenger Reviver 2 is a Windows app that can bring Windows Live Messenger back from the dead by patching necessary application files and bypassing the forced upgrade window. Read on for more details. Read More

Use Multiple Skype Accounts Simultaneously On Windows With Seaside

Voice over Internet Protocol – or simply VoIP – has become significantly popular during the past few years. This revolutionary technology allows making voice and video calls over the internet, saving you those hefty monthly phone bills. When it comes to VoIP, Skype is one huge player that simply can not be overlooked. The now Microsoft-owned service has earned critical acclaim due to its efficient and reliable communication medium, becoming the default choice for many when employing a VoIP service. People who use Skype’s desktop client would know that the app doesn't let you sign in with multiple Skype accounts simultaneously, which can be quite an annoyance should you have separate personal and work Skype accounts that you want to use at the same time. This is where lightweight Windows app Seaside comes to the rescue; it simply allows you to run more than one instance of the Skype desktop app. Read More

How To Record Audio From Skype Calls In High Quality On Mac

If you’ve ever held interviews, conference calls or just any important calls over Skype that you later needed the transcript for, you might have wished there was a way to record a Skype call. Windows’ users have it easy when it comes to recording Skype calls, but there aren't many free solutions if you’re using a Mac. This little guide details all the information you'll need to record a Skype call on your Mac. You will be working with free apps entirely, and there will be no Terminal commands to complicate things. The overall process to set everything up shouldn't take more than 15 minutes. Read More

Record Picture-In-Picture Skype Video Calls On Windows

Skype is unarguably one of the best communication clients for instant messaging, voice and video calling. It offers crisp video and audio quality over a stable connection, which is why, for users all over the world, it is a default medium for staying in touch with friends and loved ones. While being available to everyone for free, the premium account of Skype offers extended services, such as group video calls, screen sharing and file transfer capabilities. Apart from all these built-in features, there are a lot of plugins and third party applications that add to the usability of Skype, quite a few of which we have covered here at AddictiveTips. Today, we present to you another similar third party Windows application called Free Video Call Recorder for Skype that, as its name suggests, allows you to record Skype video calls. The app records both the video and audio feed from your own webcam and that of the other party. You can choose to record video from both sides in a picture-in-picture view, video from the other party only or just the audio from both sides. Keep reading past the break for further details on this nifty app. Read More

Hands-On With The Official Skype App For Windows 8 [Review]

It is an important year for Microsoft. They announced a new version of their Office productivity suite, Windows 8 is ready for launch, and the software giant has finally jumped on to the tablet market bandwagon. Furthermore, the rumor mill states that the next Xbox is already in the pipeline. After its acquisition by Microsoft in 2011, Skype has become another one of its major offerings. The cross-platform VoIP software is available for all the major desktop and mobile operating systems, including Windows, OSX, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Phone. One major counterpart of Skype that was missing the scene for quite a while was the Modern UI (Windows Store) version, but not anymore. The Modern UI-style Skype app has just been released for Windows 8, and we have to admit it that it feels quite robust and snappy. Microsoft announced earlier this week that it will be available on October 26th, but it looks like the company had a change of mind. The feature-rich app lets you make both audio and video calls, where the latter supports both windowed and full screen mode. It runs seamlessly in the background, and can be snapped to the left or right of the screen (like other Windows Store apps) during calls. Read More

Record Skype Audio Conversations In Windows With Phrozen Skype REC

VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) is the most convenient way of staying in touch with your friends, family and business associates. Skype is a widely used VoIP supported application that is free, easy to use and works on almost all major platforms. However, one feature that is still missing in this otherwise great software, is a call recording option. Obviously, the feature has been left out due to privacy reasons, but it does have its advantages. For instance, it can prove to be particularly useful to keep a record of business meetings over Skype. If you are looking for a way to record Skype conversations for any reason, then look no further than Phrozen Skype REC. The application is capable of recording a Skype audio stream and save it in a defined directory in WAV format. When loaded, it works silently in the background without disrupting your workflow. Read More

Make Skype, Google Voice & Talkatone Calls Directly From Stock iPhone Contacts App

Services like Skype and Google Voice provide users with a convenient and economical way of making voice calls from their iPhone, and the best part is that when the conversation starts, you are not likely to feel like you are not talking to someone over an ordinary phone call. Having said that, you still have to access Skype, Talkatone and Google Voice via their respective clients, and thus, it can get a bit cumbersome calling someone who isn’t added to your Skype account, but whose credentials are saved in the stock Contacts app. MultiDialer is a Cydia tweak that extends the Call menu for phone numbers in your jailbroken iPhone to include calling options for Skype, Talkatone, GVoice, Z4 & textPlus. Users of MultiDialer will get the option to make their calls from these sources even when they tap a phone number from some external source, like a website or an email. Read More

Fix Skype High Memory Usage Problem In Windows 8

When we talk about VoIP (Voice-over Internet Protocol), the word Skype definitely hits our mind. It is arguably the most renowned VoIP service in the world and millions around the globe use it on daily bases to keep in touch with their friends, family or co-workers. Although, since its acquisition by Microsoft for US$8.5 billion, the company has seen a deterioration in its service, its popularity is still among the masses. Skype rolled out its updated version (5.9) back in April, with some improvements and feature enhancements here and there. However, 5.9 hasn't been so friendly with Microsoft's Windows 8, and recently, people across various forums started to complain about Skype 5.9’s excessive use of system resources under the recently released Windows 8 Release Preview, which involves shooting up the CPU usage to as high as 35%, considerably high for a VoIP application. Microsoft however, acted quick in providing the fix, as the folks over at Skype have released a hotfix (version 5.9.0.123) that prevents the application from using too much CPU resources. We took the plunge and tested the new version ourselves to see whether the hotfix actually ‘fix’ anything or not. Read More

Skype Brings Its Free Video & Voice Calling Mobile App To Windows Phone 7

Finally! The official Skype client is now available for Windows Phone 7. Ever since WP7 was released by Microsoft, people have been clamoring for the popular video and voice calling service to be brought to the platform. Although the guys over at Redmond had acquired Skype, the WP7 client remained elusive even after Mango was released. Even now, the app is in its beta testing phase, but no need to worry; it has all the core features that Skype is known for, and can easily be used as a replacement for the desktop client. Read More

Skype Auto Recorder: Automatically Record Voice Calls From Defined Contacts

In our guide to supercharge your Skype experience, we recommended CallGraph Skype Recorder to capture voice calls and save them at defined output location. The application comes handy in situations where you need to control voice call recording from an on-screen recorder, as it allows you to start, pause and stop the recording with a click. It records all the voice calls that you accept, and doesn’t allow specifying Skype contacts whose calls are to be recorded automatically. Today, we came across an open source extension for Skype, namely Skype Auto Recorder, that lets you apply voice call recording filters, so you can record voice calls of only specific contacts. Moreover, the application starts recording voice calls as soon as you accept them, and saves the recording in MP3 format. Read More

Log In To Multiple Skype Accounts On PC Startup With Skype Launcher

Skype provides its users with one of the best audio call, video call and instant messaging services. Skype’s usefulness is not limited only to communication but also offers a host of other functions. You can also use Skype for screen sharing and sending files to your contacts (even though I myself hate to use the Skype file transfer service). Apart from these built-in features, plugins and third party applications also extend the utility of Skype to greater levels by providing users with tools and extensions that integrate with Skype and perform various functions. Do check out some of the awesome features and tools to supercharge your Skype experience. These extended capabilities make Skype a utility not only for using in homes and personal interaction, but also for educational and professional purposes. Skype Launcher is an application for Windows that allows you to log in with multiple Skype accounts at a time on one PC. Read More

Athtek Skype Recorder: Automatically Record Audio From All Skype Calls

Skype offers one of the best video call, audio call and chat services in the current communication client market. You can also use Skype for screen sharing and sending files to your contacts (personally, I hate Skype file transfer). Apart from these built-in features, plugins and third party applications extend the usefulness of Skype to another level by providing you with more tools that integrate with Skype. Do check out some of the awesome features and tools to supercharge your Skype experience. Due to these extended capabilities, Skype has a utility not only in homes and personal interaction, but also in educational and professional environment. Athtek Skype Recorder is one such third party application that allows users to automatically record audio from every incoming and outgoing Skype call. Read on to find out more about Athtek Skype Recorder. Read More

Ursa Spell Checker Monitors & Corrects Spelling Mistakes In Skype

Skype is one of the most widely used applications for text, audio and video commination worldwide. Launched almost a decade ago, it has now become the number one source of VoIP communication world wide. Such popularity even led the Redmond giant Microsoft to acquire it. Other than the communication services, it offers a bunch of features, including voicemail, group video calling and screen sharing. In addition, the folks behind it development also recently added Facebook integration for seamless experience. However, Skype still doesn’t have any native spell checker to help you locate and correct misspellings and typos. To cope with this problem, today we have a third party application that does the job, called Ursa Spell Checker. It is a lightweight utility that checks written text, and enables you to correct any wrong spellings or typos, while sending messages on Skype. When wrong spellings are detected, the application provides you with a list of correct words to choose from. It has support for multiple languages, and can be enabled/disabled through hot keys. More on Ursa Spell Checker after the break. Read More

LiveMinutes: Live Sharing & Collaboration Tool With Skype Integration [Web]

LiveMinutes, a web application, integrates multiple collaborative tools into a single, slick interface. It allows you to hold live meetings with other members by letting you share and edit documents collaboratively. Minutes are automatically generated for each meeting you host, and are stored in your account. You can also share these minutes with others without requiring them to sign up for the service. Users can communicate with other members by with audio/video chat through LiveMinutes or Skype. Once you’ve generated and closed a meeting, PDFs are automatically created, which can also be downloaded, so participants can always keep track of meetings. Read More

Skype For Android Updated, Gets UI Tweaks, Photo, Video & File Sharing

Skype holds its own in the world of VoIP calling apps. After making its mark among computer users, the company is doing equally well among smartphone users as well. Their companion app for Android and iOS app offers almost all the features that we are used to enjoying with the desktop counterpart. That said, constant updates and improvements are helping the official mobile app of Skype get closer to its desktop variant, if not surpass it. The official Skype client for Android, that has been satisfying a majority of users for quite some time, just got even better with its latest update (v2.6) that, in addition to adding support for quite a few more devices, brings a new, more polished homescreen, the option to send photos, videos and other files to your Skype contacts, voicemail and battery enhancements, better video quality for Tegra devices, auto sign-in and a more user-friendly method to sign out of the app. Read More