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Having trouble with Skype? Microsoft is aware and working on the issue [Update]

Skype appears to be down. Like, totally down. We've received numerous reports from readers who are unable to connect to the service and communicate with others. We've been able to confirm said problems.

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Skype text messages can now show short movie and TV show-based 'Mojis' clips

Microsoft is rolling out a new feature for Skype text messangers called "Mojis". It allows them to insert pre-created clips based on movies and TV shows in their text messages, similar to emojis symbols.

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Skype gets a new design and enhanced search on iPhone and iPad

Microsoft has launched version 6.0 of its Skype messaging app for both the iPhone and iPad. It includes a new user interface design, along with improvements to search and more.

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Skype for Business now heading into preview on iPhone

Microsoft has announced the preview for Skype for Business on iPhone, which will replace the existing Lync 2013 app when it exits preview later this year.

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Microsoft expands Skype for Web beta worldwide with 30 languages supported

Microsoft has announced that the beta test of its Skype for Web client is now available worldwide, rather than just in the UK and UK. It also now supports 30 different languages.

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Skype for Web beta is now open to all users in the US and UK

Microsoft has made the beta version of Skype for Web available to more people. All new and existing users in the US and the UK can now try out Skype instant messaging and calling right in their browser.

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Apple's FaceTime is end-to-end encrypted. Google Hangouts... isn't

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.

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EU court rules that Skype's name is too similar to Sky network to claim a trademark

A European Union court has ruled that the name of Microsoft's Skype VoIP service cannot claim a trademark in the EU. The court ruled that the name was too similar to the Sky broadcast network.

Sky first filed a trademark dispute with Skype before it was acquired by Microsoft in 2011.

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Skype for iPhone brings messaging to your wrist with Apple Watch support

Microsoft has updated its Skype app for iOS today, bringing along support for the Apple Watch just in time for launch day.

With today's update, Skype users will be able to carry their conversations over to the Apple Watch by responding with speech to text, emoticons, or canned responses.

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Microsoft rolling out beta invites for Skype on the web

Microsoft is providing yet another way to keep in contact with friends and family by releasing invites for the "Skype for Web" beta.

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