Microsoft adds Skype calling to Outlook and free group calling to iOS and Android

Free Mobile Skype Calling

Microsoft's Outlook app for iOS has been updated today with a "Skype Meeting” option. The new feature allows users to easily schedule and join Skype calls from within the app. Outlook users can now turn on the Skype Meeting switch when creating or editing a calendar event. When enabled the Skype Meeting option allows users to jump on any scheduled Skype call with a simple tap.

Skype for iPad and iPhone Updated with iOS 8 Support

Skype has updated its iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app with iOS 8 support. Version 5.5 of the app allows users to answer calls from the Lock Screen and Notification Center by adding the ability to swipe to reveal buttons such as 'accept' and 'decline'. Users can also choose a voice or video response when receiving a video call and quickly respond to missed calls with a prerecorded message or an instant call back.

Skype iOS 8

Users can swipe left on a notification from the Lock Screen or pull down on a notification banner on the Home Screen to reveal the call and access the new iOS 8-like Skype buttons. Users can also use a left swipe within Notification Center to achieve the same results.

Skype App for the Apple iPad is Finally Here

Skype has released the first version of its free iPad application on the App Store. Unlike the iPhone software which is already in its third iteration, Skype on the iPad has garnered mixed reviews. The company initially launched the app on Monday, however it was pulled down and re-released Tuesday after some minor fixes.

Skype free iPad app

The Skype app weighs in at 16 MB and requires iOS 4.0 or later for operation. Although original iPad users can run the app, video can only be received on the device due to the lack of a built-in camera. iPad 2 users will be able to chat with video up to 1280 x 720 pixel resolution at 30 frames per second.

Leaked YouTube Video Announces Skype iPad App Early

Skype planned to tell the world it was coming to the iPad next week, but a video accidently uploaded to their YouTube account let the cat out of the bag early.


Skype removed the video, but it reappeared on YouTube (without audio, see below) forcing them to come clean about the upcoming release on Tuesday. The Skype iPad app will feature the usual -- chatting, audio and video calling, but no file sharing.

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