Skype adds end-to-end encryption to its messaging app via Private Conversations

Microsoft and Signal have teamed up to make Skype conversations as private as possible. The messaging service will soon benefit from end-to-end encryption, something that its rivals, WhatsApp and Messenger already offer for quite some time.

End-to-end encryption will be available for Skype users in the form of Private Conversations, a new feature that’s now being tested by Skype Insiders. According to Microsoft, the new feature is not supported in groups, so you’ll only be able to use when communicated with one other person. Here is how it works:

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Video is flipped upside down on the Skype for Windows Mobile 10 Universal app

Some users of the Skype Universal Windows Platform app for Windows 10 Mobile are noticing that a bug is flipping the image for video calls upside down. One complaint, posted on a community forum, came from a man who used the app on his Lumia 950 XL to call his Wife’s Lumia 950. The couple used the front-facing camera on each of their Windows 10 Mobile powered handsets, and both received the video stream upside down.

Ironically, even though the app is made for the Universal Windows Platform, the PC version of it is not experiencing the same issue. According to some Windows 10 Mobile users, …

Microsoft updates Skype for iOS with iPhone X support, new design

If you own an iPhone X then you know that many iOS apps don’t offer support for Apple’s newest flagship. However, since the smartphone was announced a few months ago, many developers have been trying to optimize their apps to fit the iPhone X’s screen.

The last company to join the “notch” bandwagon is Microsoft. The Redmond announced that a new update is now available for Skype on iOS devices, which brings support for iPhone X. Basically, this means that Skype users will now be able to benefit from the whole screen when using the app.

Microsoft also confirmed …

Skype Lite is causing a Bluetooth bug that hogs audio functions on phones running Oreo

So let’s say that you are using Bluetooth on your Android Oreo powered handset so that you can play music over your car’s audio system. As soon as you connect to the car’s speaker, your phone appears to be connecting to a phantom incoming phone call. There is nothing on the dialer suggesting that a call was received.  Since the car’s audio system thinks that it has to turn over control of the speaker to a phone call, albeit one that doesn’t exist, the music you wanted to listen to is replaced by silence.

Last month, a thread was started on the Google Issue Tracker site and as it turns …

Microsoft updates Skype with Snapchat-like photo effects

Skype is mostly a business tool, but Microsoft has decided it needs an entertainment aspect that other communications services already have for a long time. So, starting this week, Microsoft introduces photo effects in Skype.

These smart photo effects allow Skype users to customize effects options based on what’s in each picture. It’s very easy to use – simply take a photo, tap the magic wand button in the top of the screen and access the new photo effects.

According to Microsoft, these photo effects may include celebrity lookalike, smart face sticker, location …

Amazing achievement: Skype for Android passes 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store

We’re quite sure that one billion people did not download Skype on their Android device, but we’re certain that the application has been downloaded more than one billion times. Microsoft has just announced its mobile app has just passed this amazing achievement a few days ago.

As surprising as it may be for some that Skype has so many users on Android that downloaded the app so many times, let’s not forget that Skype is one of the few messenger services that grew so fast in the last couple of years.

No earlier than 2015, Skype announced that its Android app …

We can AI, too: Skype gets integrated Cortana to enrich conversations

Back when Google announced the Allo app, it had a special little feature sprinkled on top, which no other chat app had — the Google Assistant. Allowing you to either “chat” with the AI or invoke it during your conversations with friends and acquaintances to perform searches, bookings, event set-up, et cetera.

Well, since Microsoft’s Windows 10 isn’t doing so well on mobile, the company is actively working to bring its own services to the more popular systems — Android and iOS. Cortana — Microsoft’s own AI — is already available for Android, but it’s about to become …

Microsoft readying complete redesign of Skype for iPhone, here are some of the changes

A new version of Skype for iPhone is in the works at Microsoft’s labs. After introducing a new UI design early this year, the Skype team has taken all feedback to heart and is now trying to refine what’s been released many months ago.

For the time being, the new version of Skype for iPhone is available as a preview, which means some features might not yet work as intended. The good news is we know what to expect from the upcoming update, which we expect to arrive in the not so distant future.

You can find below some of the most important changes confirmed by developers, but …

Skype keeps crashing on Apple's new iPhone 8/8 Plus, a fix is in the works

Apple has just started shipping its new iPhone 8/8 Plus smartphones and it looks like early adopters have issues with some of the apps that usually work smoothly on iOS devices.

It appears that the latest version of Skype does not function well on the new iPhones. Many customers who purchased the Apple’s handsets complain that Microsoft’s app crashes due to a mysterious bug.

That’s the bad news. The good news is Microsoft is already aware of the issue and is working on a fix, which will be delivered in the form of maintenance update sooner rather than later.

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