Microsoft says hackers who gained access to Skype’s social media accounts Wednesday did not get Skype users’ information. A group called the Syrian Electronic Army claimed credit for the attacks, posting messages such as “You can thank Microsoft for monitoring your accounts/emails using this details. #SEA,” on the official Skype Twitter account, and “Don’t use Microsoft…More
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Microsoft recently released to manufacturing Windows 8.1, the major update to Windows 8 that’s scheduled to launch Oct. 18. Among the changes coming to Windows 8.1 is the automatic inclusion of Skype built right in Microsoft gave a glimpse of the pre-release version of Skype for Windows 8.1 in a blog post today. Among the features are…More
Skype is now available for Outlook.com users in six countries including the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The service, a preview of which has been available since spring, is also now available in Germany, Brazil and France. Microsoft says it’s working to get Skype to other Outlook.com customers worldwide.More
Microsoft joined other tech companies in calling on the U.S. government to let the company reveal more information about it handles national security requests for customer information.
In a letter today, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith asked U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder or President Obama to get personally involved, saying “the Constitution itself is suffering.”
Smith detailed requests Microsoft had made to be allowed to divulge more information — requests that were either denied or is still being considered weeks after the request was made.”This opposition and these delays are serving poorly the public, the Government itself, and most importantly, the Constitutional principles that we all put first and foremost,” Smith said in the letter.More
Skype said today its Skype for Android app is now on more than 100 million phones worldwide and launched a redesign of that app. Skype for Android 4.0 has a cleaner design. It’s also designed to make it easier and faster to start conversations with your contacts, with a list of recent conversations popping up upon…More
Microsoft is among a list of nine tech companies that The Washington Post, in an investigative report, said “participate knowingly” in an National Security Agency and FBI program that taps directly into the companies’ central servers to get information that can allow analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts.
But several of those companies Thursday evening denied knowing about or participating in the program.More
There’s been a lot of news lately about law enforcement agencies requesting information from high-tech companies and what those companies disclose. Microsoft’s Skype, in particular, has drawn attention for reportedly expanding its cooperation with law enforcement in making some user information available, and being the focus of a call by privacy advocates to be…More
Regulators in France contend that Skype is an electronic communications operator yet did not register as such in France, as required by law — opening the door for investigation by Paris prosecutors. The French regulatory agency, called Arcep, said in a news release that it had requested several times that Skype declare itself as an…More
Microsoft said today that Lync and Skype services including voice calls, instant messaging and showing whether a person is available for communication will be connected and available to all Lync users by June. Lync is Microsoft’s unified corporate communications platform. Skype is the consumer-oriented Internet phone company that Microsoft acquired for $8.5 billion in 2011. Tony…More