The ‘Year of the Linux desktop’ never came, and it never will

Spotify, Skype, and Flash are all Linux programs that are breaking to various degrees in 2016. Are software companies abandoning the platform? And will efforts like Valve's SteamOS ultimately help at all?

They say seeing is believing, so here’s 10 of the best video chat apps available

Though still relatively new, video chat clients help you connect with people all around the globe. Check out our list of the best video chat apps for iOS and Android.

BUILD 2016: Microsoft talks Cortana, Skype, bots, and intelligence APIs

During the BUILD 2016 keynote, Microsoft talked about upcoming features in Cortana and Skype. The personal assistant will be more integrated into Skype, allowing users to make changes to the Calendar or book a hotel.

Skype now has the smarts to book your trip, order pizza, and more with Cortana

Skype may be known for video chatting, but the app is set to play a much more prominent role in your life going forward with Cortana integration and bots, both of which can be helpful in day to day tasks.

Wire, a messaging app backed by a Skype co-founder, adds encryption, video calls

In case you haven’t noticed, encryption has been getting some press lately. Wire, backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis, is latest messaging app to enter the encryption game. The startup, based in Switzerland, is also adding video…

Skype quietly kills TV app because most people just use their phones nowadays

Microsoft is pulling the plug on Skype for TV. The company announced that due to the fact that most users now use Skype over mobile, there is no longer a real need for the Skype for TV app.

Skype Translator now supports Arabic, its eighth language

You might not be a polyglot (yet), but in the 21st century, the language barrier is barely a barrier. And now, assisting in our communication efforts is Skype, which announced Tuesday that it has added Arabic to its Skype Translator.

Microsoft considered $8B bid for Slack, but Bill Gates and Satya Nadella said no

Slack, the real-time communication and collaboration platform, was close to receiving a bid from Microsoft that would have blown recent valuations out of the water. However, the idea failed to receive enough support internally at Microsoft.

Skype’s time at Slack may be done, service to push its own VOIP tools

Jumping between text chat, voice calls and video chat should be as easy as one button click away according to Slack, so that's exactly what it's looking to implement. It won't happen tomorrow, but Skype's days as the way to voice chat on…

Group up your friends with Skype video-calling on iOS and Android 0:46

As well as bringing iOS and Android the Skype video-calling function PC users have enjoyed for years, Microsoft has also increased the number of callers to 25, meaning nobody gets left out when it's time to digitally mingle.

Skype for iOS gets native Microsoft Office support

You can now open and view Microsoft Office documents straight from a Skype conversation on iOS. If you don't have the relevant Office app installed, you'll be prompted to download it. The Android version of the app received the feature last…

Skype adds feature to send Valentine's Day video cards

Along with the new love-inspired features such as mojis, filters, and music by Sir Paul McCartney, Skype has announced a new option to share video message cards for Valentine's Day.