Earlier in November, Microsoft announced that they will be retiring MSN Messenger in the first quarter of 2013 (except in China), with service for the chat platform to continue in the form of Skype. Earlier today, the Skype app for iPhone and iPad was updated to version 4.2, bringing with it support for MSN Messenger. Now you can sign in and merge your existing Microsoft account and chat with your Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts. And if you’re new to Skype, the there’s a new option to create an account right from the app.
Make more than your share of long distance calls? Well Skype is currently running a promo that gives its existing users free worldwide calls for a month. Basically, it’s the Unlimited World subscription plan ($13.99) you’ll be getting free for 30 days. With it, you’ll get unlimited calls to landlines and mobiles in 7 countries (US, Canada, Hong Kong, Guam, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Thailand) and landline calling in 34 countries.
Whether you are an employee or business owner, having fast access to portable and reliable tools is a necessity when it comes to overall productivity. Utilizing iPhone and iPad business applications is an excellent way to manage and control your work and take advantage of the latest in wireless broadband technology. Because of the overabundance of iDevice apps available, choosing the right ones to have on hand can be a confusing process. Before getting lost in the world of business apps, try these 10 apps that every businessperson should have readily available in order to get the most out of their work.
Skype for iPad is now finally available on the App Store. No longer will you have to rely on the iPhone version while using your iPad and make do with the 2x function. So long as you’re on iOS 4.o (and higher) and an iPad 2, you can enjoy 2 way video calling for free. iPad 1 owners can still receive video, but the other party obviously won’t be able to see your pretty face.
Skype for iPad is beautifully designed and optimized for the iPad. It offers the best of both worlds for users who want a larger Skype experience, on-the-go. The large iPad screen is perfect for bringing Skype video calls to life, in either landscape or portrait view, and because it is on the iPad, Skype video calls can be made at the beach, in a car or even lying on a couch.
The app is free to download, and users can also make landline and mobile calls provided they either subscribe to a month plan, or pay-as-you go. Personally, I use the pay-as-you-go for long distance calls and the rates are some of the best around. If you have an iPad and use Skype, this is certainly a must-have app. Video demo and more info after the gap.
Skype Software, Skype for iPad, 16.3 MB – Free
A week after Skype posted a help guide for making video calls on the iPhone, the Skype app was updated earlier today and users can now finally do just that on their iDevices. With the 3.0 update, you can make Skype to Skype video calls on WiFi and 3G, and two-way video calls are supported on the iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen. On the iPad and iPod Touch 3rd gen where there’s no camera, you can only receive the video feed. Here’s the complete run down of what’s new:
- Call Skype desktop users (Mac OS X or Windows) and other iPhone users.
- Two-way video calls supported on iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch 4th gen.
- Receive only video supported on iPad and iPod touch 3rd gen, with no camera.
- Make video calls in portrait and landscape.
- Skype video calling requires iOS 4.0 or above.
- Additional Data charges may apply
While the quality of the video calls isn’t quite as good as on Facetime, it’s certainly good enough and it does have the added bonus of being able to run on both WiFi and 3G. If you’re a Skype user and have one of the newer iPhones or iPod Touches, be sure to grab this update asap. You can also check out the wacky Skype iPhone video calling promo below.
Skype Software, Skype, 11.9 MB – Free
It appears that Skype is finally going to allow users to make video calls on their iDevice. In a help page found on Skype’s website earlier this morning (which has since been pulled), a section titled How do I make video calls with Skype for iPhone? gave a quick glimpse of what we can expect when the service goes live:
To make video calls with your contacts, you will need an iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3rd generation iPod touch, 4th generation iPod touch or an iPad. Your contacts will only be able to see you if your device has a camera. Make sure your device is running iOS 4.0 or above and that you are using Skype for iPhone 3.0 or above.
The contacts you are calling must be using one of the following Skype clients:
- Skype for Windows version 4.2 and above
- Skype for Mac OS X version 2.8 and above
- Skype for iPhone 3.0 and above
You can make Skype video calls by using a WiFi or 3G connection*. The quality of the video will depend upon the available network conditions.
*Additional data charges may apply. Check with your operator for details.
Aside from Apple’s Facetime, there are plenty of apps that already support video calls, like Yahoo! Messenger, fring: Video Calls + IM and Tango. But seeing how a vast number of people actually rely on Skype to keep in touch with family and friends, video calls via the Skype app won’t come a moment too soon. Take a look at the full help page after the gap.
Hallelujah! The thing that everyone has been waiting since Steve Jobbs’s iOS4 announcement has finally happened! Skype has been updated with full iOS4 multitasking support, including one for receiving calls and IMs in the background and switching to another application in the process. How this will affect AT&T’s profits remain unclear, but I for one am glad this has finally happened. Did I mention calls over 3G are supported?
Here’s what’s new:
- Run Skype in the background with multitasking in iOS4.
- Receive Skype calls and IM while other apps are running or when your iPhone is locked. You can also continue your call while you switch to another application.
- Multitasking is available only with iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS.
Get it now or check after the gap for full app decription.
Skype Software S.a.r.l, Skype, 7.44MB – Free
Finally, Skype has arrived for the iPhone and the expectations of the masses of consumers are met by reality: Skype is just not that iPhone friendly. You may check out the App Store, AppleInsider, Macrumors or even utilise the app youself – I am sure you will quickly find that Skype, while a great try, has a long way to go.