Skype for iPhone and iPad updated with Microsoft accounts, animated Retina emoticons

Skype for iPhone and iPad updated with Microsoft accounts, animated Retina emoticons

Microsoft's Skype communications apps for iPhone and iPad have been updated to version 4.2. New features include the ability to chat with Messenger, Hotmail, and Outlook.com, and merge them all together into one, happy, mega-Microsoft account. If you're a first timer, you can now create an account from within the app.

You can also tap and hold to edit messages now, choose emoticons while typing, and -- terrifically or horrifically, depending on your point of view -- use animated emoticons in full on Retina quality. (I'm firmly in the latter camp -- I'd pay good money for a Skype update that killed animated emoticons dead. For everyone. Because, my eyes. My eyes.) There's also the usual round of bug fixes.

If you haven't used Skype yet, it remains much like democracy -- terrible except when compared to everything else. It's cross-platform, more reliable than most, and enjoys full background access on iOS (though keep an eye on your battery while it's active). If you're already a Skype user, it's a no-brainer update. Go get it.

Rene Ritchie

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Skype for iPhone and iPad updated with Microsoft accounts, animated Retina emoticons

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"If you haven't used Skype yet, it remains much like democracy -- terrible except when compared to everything else." wow.

I was going to mention the same quote. I don't care where you sit in the political spectrum, that's one weird ass way to describe an application.

It's not political at all; it's a famous quote from Winston Churchill.

"It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried."

Skype is very similar. Anyone who's work depends on it will tell you how terrible and frustrating it is, but even so, it still works better than any alternative to date.

(Please tell me you guys knew all that and we're only joking... right?)

I confess I did not know it, so it seemed (still does) really out of place. Maybe you should consider linking the quote to a wikipedia entry or something, to avoid confusion. :)

I changed my skype settings to close after 15 minutes to save battery life and then we coordinate skype calls via txt. It works really well and Rene i got the quote you were making ;)

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