Skype today rolled out version 3.0 of its Android app, per Engadget, available now from the Google Play Store. Skype 3.0 offers the same voice and video calling features as it always has, but has been redesigned to provide a better tablet experience. Additionally, the update brings along improved audio quality and a number of general bug fixes. You can now login to Skype with your Microsoft Account, as the Redmond-based company attempts to merge Microsoft and Skype usernames into one unified account. The new tablet design in particular provides more spacious menus and navigation options and larger video calls.
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As the holiday shopping season enters full swing, Internet voice calling service Skype has announced that its gift cards can now be purchased at select Microsoft Store, OfficeMax and Target retail stores within the United States. The Microsoft-owned service is making this move to bolster the number of users that are using its paid services for calling mobile phones and landlines or sending text messages.
The gift cards start at $10, which can get you unlimited calling to Europe for a month or a 3 month unlimited subscription for the United States and Canada. Additionally, TechCrunch notes that Skype gift cards are now available for purchase online in a total of 44 countries worldwide.
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Skype for Windows Phone 8 is beginning to surface on the Windows Store worldwide, and WPCentral has gotten their hands on the app and shown off an early hands-on demonstration video. One notable feature of Skype for Windows Phone 8 is the ability to remain online at all times without affecting battery life. Microsoft hosts your Skype credentials in the cloud, so it remembers that you’re signed in without using additional power.
It is possible to set yourself to invisible mode for those that wish to appear offline. Skype for WIndows Phone 8 also supports full video chat that takes advantage of the powerful hardware found inside Windows Phone smartphones by Nokia and HTC. Skype can be downloaded from the Windows Store right now, but you may encounter difficulties because the app just went live and is likely experiencing high traffic. Hands-on video is ahead. Continue reading