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November 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Microsoft taps Skype for business, will replace Lync

Microsoft says its will offer a version of its Skype voice and video chat software for business customers, phasing out its Lync business software in the first half of next year.

This was a long time coming. It was natural to wonder why Microsoft continued to develop its own business-focused communications tool after shelling out $8.5 billion to buy Skype in the first place. Microsoft linked Lync — itself the successor to Microsoft Office Communicator — and Skype functionality last year.

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January 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Microsoft says no user information was compromised in Skype hacking

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…

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September 9, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Microsoft details some Skype on Windows 8.1 features

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…

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August 19, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Skype for Outlook.com now available

A screenshot of Skype in Outlook.com. (Photo from Microsoft) 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…

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July 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Microsoft calls on U.S. president, attorney general to let company divulge info on national security requests

Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel (Photo from Microsoft)

Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel (Photo from Microsoft)

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.

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July 1, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Skype: now on 100 million Android phones

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…

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June 6, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Microsoft on its reported involvement in U.S. intelligence mining program PRISM

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.

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March 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Microsoft discloses info on law enforcement requests

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…

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