With the coronavirus pandemic still ongoing, it means that social distancing has to be practiced. This also means that certain activities that would involve many people being in the same room are no longer possible, at least for now. This includes judicial hearings and court appearances, but it does not mean that the law is put on hold.
Video conferencing apps aren’t new, but in the recent months, we’re seeing an explosion in their popularity as more people are working and studying remotely due to the coronavirus outbreak. Zoom, despite its issues, has seen a massive surge in popularity due to the ease of use of its platform and the fact that it can support as many as 100 users at a time.
These days many of us are working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak. This means that video conferencing apps have become more popular than ever, where colleagues are calling each other to get work done and to conduct meetings virtually. Since this is no longer in an office setting, many have understandably opted to work in comfortable clothing.
If there is a reason why Zoom has seen such a huge boost in popularity, it is because the app does not require users to have an account to join video calls. This means that as long as the host has an account and has created a room, all they need to do is provide users with the link and users without a Zoom account can jump straight in.
It is no secret that companies such as Microsoft have been outsourcing the analysis of recordings made through platforms such as Cortana. The analysis is meant to help the company better understand how to improve their services, although we imagine that not many people are too thrilled at the idea.
In the smart speaker space, it’s safe to say that Google and Amazon are currently dominating. For the most part, they are all similar in functionality, where they let you interact with digital assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa. We are also seeing smart displays, which are essentially smart speakers with a built-in display.
Recently there have been reports about how big tech companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook have actually been taking our audio recordings made through digital assistants and having them analyzed and transcribed by outside contractors. According to the companies, this was done in a bid to improve on the overall quality and accuracy of their products.
Skype is introducing a new feature to its mobile apps in beta which many users might find to be quite useful. It has added screen sharing to both the iOS and Android apps. The feature isn’t as significant as some of the other features that Skype has introduced recently, such as background blur in video calls, but it’s quite meaningful nonetheless.
Skype has been testing video calls with up to 50 participants since early March with beta users. It previously supported only up to 25 callers at once. With the tests having been completed, the company has now rolled out this functionality to the stable version of its app. It’s thus possible to video chat with up to 50 participants. Skype is taking the lead in terms of the number of […]
Quite a few people still use Skype even though there are a lot of other cross-platform communication apps that have become much more popular. Many Skype users continue to use it because it’s something that they’ve grown used to while others use it for business purposes. Either way, both type of users will not appreciate that there’s a bug in the Skype for Android app which seems to be answering […]
The maximum number of people that you can have on a Skype video call right now is 25 but Microsoft is thinking about doubling it. The company is testing an increase in the participant limit for Skype group calls. It will be a straightforward 2x increase with the maximum number of allowed participants going up from 25 to 50. This change has currently been doled out to beta testers only.
Accessing Skype through the web isn’t exactly new. However Microsoft has since launched an updated and revamped version of the chat client where if you’re using a computer without Skype installed, you’ll still be able to access some of its features through your browser. However there is a catch.
Not too keen on showing the background when you’re in a Skype video call? Microsoft is introducing just the perfect solution for you. The company has revealed that Skype will now automatically blur the background in a video call so that the focus always remains on the subject and not what’s behind them.
With there being so many different cloud storage services to choose from, like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, and OneDrive, how do you know which you should use? Microsoft is hoping that Skype users will pick OneDrive because the company has announced that they are integrating OneDrive storage with Skype.
Microsoft hasn’t just announced the rollout of live captions and subtitles for PowerPoint today. It has also been confirmed that this feature is coming to Skype as well. This announcement was made to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Skype will now be able to provide its users call captioning with live subtitles and captions.
It was announced in September this year that Amazon Echo Show devices will be able to make voice and video calls with Skype. This would finally allow Echo Show owners to use one of the world’s most popular voice and video calling services to connect with their loved ones. This feature is now available starting today.
Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices allow users to do all kind of things, ranging from making appointments, setting reminders, checking the news, weather, traffic, and controlling smart home gadgets, just to name a few. However if VoIP calls are something you’d like to see Alexa do, then you might be pleased to learn that Skype calls will be supported by Alexa soon.
Some might argue that recording calls can be an invasion of one’s privacy, but there are times when a bit of posterity is required, and also there are times like maybe a call session with a loved one could be worth recording as well. Regardless of your reasons, you might be interested to learn that Skype has finally gained that ability.
It seemed like it wasn’t too long that Microsoft released a new version of Skype where it featured a brand new design. However it looks like Microsoft could be going back to the drawing board again, as announced on the Skype Blog in which Microsoft revealed their plans to redesign the app, this time with a focus on simplicity.
At the start of the year, Microsoft announced that they will be rolling out a new feature for Skype in the form of end-to-end encryption with the Private Conversations feature. If this sounded like a feature you were looking forward to, then you’ll be pleased to learn that the feature is now live and available across multiple platforms.