Lack of end-to-end-encryption means that conversations on Hangouts, if subject to a legal order, can be wiretapped or otherwise surveilled.
Google hadn't disclosed this information until a recent Reddit AMA (ask me anything) and a Vice follow-up that resulted. It's not clear whether Google has been asked to provide access to Hangouts, but the potential is there.
Skype for Mac has scored an update today, bringing it up to version 7.5. While today's update doesn't bring any big new features or design changes, it does add support for 14 new languages including Greek, Slovak, and Vietnamese.
Microsoft is rolling out an update for its iPhone version of Skype today that will offer users some improvements to its dialer. The 5.10 version will also enable users to launch Skype calls and chats from other mobile apps or mobile websites.
Microsoft has announced a new version of Skype for the iPhone, which will arrive later today. Version 5.9 will introduce a couple of new features. The company also revealed a new program that will allow iOS users to test pre-release versions of the VoIP client before they are released to the public.
Microsoft is rolling out an offer for Skype users in India through which they can call mobiles and landlines in the US and Canada for free until March 1, 2015. All that's required is a free Skype account and an Internet connection.
Microsoft has unveiled Skype for Web, a browser-based version of the VOIP service. Currently in beta, Skype for Web functions just like its native desktop counterpart, with voice and video calling and text messaging. The beta is available for Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Firefox on Windows, and Safari 6.0 or later on OS X.
Microsoft has just posted a new update for its Skype app for the iPhone that offers an optimized user interface made for the larger displays on the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus models.