It appears that developers at Skype are working on a video messaging feature, though no official word on any such project has come from the Internet telephone company itself. Such a feature would allow Skype users to record and send video messages to one another, which would be viewed by the recipient the next time they sign in.
There was talk a couple of months back about Skype introducing such a feature, though the latest (giveaway) clue is in Skype’s revamped terms of service, you know, that bundle of text that sometimes pops up on the screen and to which you readily agree without actually reading though in the back of your mind you wonder if you might’ve just handed over the deed of your home.
Well, on Wednesday someone at IT World did read through it and while doing so came across information that shows Skype really doesn’t expect its users to pore over its terms-of-service updates, otherwise why would it include a load of information about a product it hasn’t even launched yet. Or was the information included by mistake, perhaps?
Either way, it appears to show the Microsoft-owned company is well on the way to pushing out video messaging, with pretty detailed plans laid out for the upcoming feature.
The updated terms show that Skype Premium members, a service which currently costs $8.99 a month, will have unlimited use of the video messaging feature. “If you are a Skype Premium subscriber you can….send and receive an unlimited number of Video Messages and any Video Messages you send and/or receive shall have no expiry date,” it said in the update.
Those who aren’t premium members will be able to send a limited number of messages, though a precise figure isn’t mentioned in Skype’s information. However, there’ll be no limit placed on the number of video messages you can receive. Also, messages sent between non-premium members will expire after 90 days.
There’s no information on when Skype will roll out the new feature, but with it showing up in the terms of service like this, you can bet it’ll be pretty soon. The question is, will you use it?