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.

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.

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.
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Skype gets romantic with 10 new emojis inspired by the music of Paul McCartney 1:01

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Microsoft has revealed 10 new emoticons for Skype created in a collaboration with Paul McCartney. They feature the famed musician's arrangements and voice.

Skype protects users from harassment with new feature that hides IP address

To help protect users from harassment, Skype has added a new feature to its desktop and mobile apps that hides IP addresses by default. The company recommends that users update across all devices as soon as possible.

Outlook for iOS and Android update lets you schedule Skype calls

Microsoft launched a major new update to its Outlook email app for iOS and Android that includes the ability to schedule Skype calls. Other new features include 3D Touch support for the iPhone 6S and new calendar views.

Skype celebrates 10 years of video chat by adding free group calls to mobile devices 1:40

Skype launched its video calling feature in 2006 and has recorded nearly two trillion minutes in video calls. The company is offering a new feature as a thank you: free video group chats on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 mobile…