Former Skype CEO Tony Bates lands at camera maker GoPro

Former Skype executive Tony Bates is joining GoPro as president after getting passed over for the top job at Microsoft earlier this year. The appointment, which also includes a board seat for Bates, comes just a few weeks after GoPro filed for an initial public offering. The camera maker is profitable, and produced revenues of… Read More

Free The Children co-founder Craig Kielburger and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll answer questions before We Day 2014.

WeDay 2014: Pete Carroll and Seattle tech execs deliver empowerment message to kids

More than 15,000 energetic students from over 450 schools in Washington state packed an electric Key Arena on Friday for We Day Seattle, an event co-sponsored by Microsoft that celebrates youth empowerment. Every student in attendance today participated in a year-long education program called We Act. To attend the event, which features 45 speakers like… Read More


Microsoft fixes Skype for, makes integration available to users worldwide

Microsoft announced today that Skype for is finally available to users around the world and made a couple improvements to the functionality of the service. Nearly one year ago, Microsoft unveiled the Skype plugin in an effort to make its webmail service more of a universal communications hub. But the feature was only available to… Read More

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EBay Issues ‘The Truth About Skype’ in response to Icahn’s Accusations

The Skype spin-off has become a core piece of evidence in Carl Icahn’s campaign to force eBay to spin-off PayPal into a separately traded company. In response, eBay issued a letter today, titled “The Truth about Skype,” which breaks down the list of allegations point-by-point. In addition, eBay’s director Marc Andreessen, who is accused of having a… Read More


Microsoft demos video calls between Skype and Lync, coming ‘in a few months’

Updated at 9:50 a.m. with more details. Microsoft today demonstrated the upcoming ability for users of Skype and Lync to make video calls to each other, part of a broader effort to bridge the company’s consumer and business communications systems. Lync is a billion-dollar business inside Microsoft already, but the additional connection to Skype promises… Read More

Skype CFO Bill Koefoed is now with Portland's Puppet Labs.

Tech Moves: Ex-Microsofties join Amazon drone team; Skype CFO to Puppet Labs; Porch hires 3 execs

—It seems as though just about everyone has heard of Amazon’s audacious plan to deploy flying delivery drones. Some are calling it a PR stunt, but Amazon actually has a team of employees working on a project called “Amazon Prime Air.” Now we know who’s on the drone team. AllThingsD reports that there are five Amazonians on… Read More


Microsoft gives temporary reprieve to Skype headsets and recording apps, but still axing third-party chat

Last week, people who use the Microsoft-owned Skype phone/IM/video chat system on desktop computers received an unwelcome surprise. Via a notice embedded in their software, they were told that third-party applications that they use with Skype would no longer be supported as of December. The nearly 10-year-old desktop software, based on a computer-to-computer (P2P) structure,… Read More


Communication hub: Skype officially integrated with users who want to make Skype phone calls without opening up another app can now do so from their email hub. Starting today, officially rolled out Skype integration for all customers in North America, allowing users to call or message Skype contacts from inside the interface. Users can link their Skype accounts to… Read More


Microsoft: Skype to come bundled with Windows 8.1

When you install Windows 8.1, you’ll now have the opportunity to video call your friends and let them know that you’ve managed to successfully navigate the upgrade process, without having to download any additional apps. In a post to its Windows Experience Blog, Microsoft announced today that Windows 8.1 will have Skype bundled with the… Read More


Report: Microsoft allowed NSA to bypass encryption for access to Outlook emails, Skype conversations

Throughout the year, Microsoft has lambasted Google and accused them of shady privacy policies via its “Scroogled” campaign. But now, new top-secret documents given to The Guardian by Edward Snowden shows how it was actually Microsoft allowing the NSA and FBI access to user data from platforms like Outlook, SkyDrive and Skype. Microsoft and other tech giants… Read More


Skype revamps Android app after 100M installs

Skype today announced a new milestone for its Android app, and with it came a big update. There have now been more than 100 million installs of Skype for Android, the Microsoft-owned company said Monday. Those users will see a revamped app that was just updated with a focus on messaging and conversations, just like… Read More


Skype video messaging now available for free on every platform except Windows Phone

Skype’s free video messaging feature is fully out of beta today and everyone can now send as many three-minute moving messages to your Skype contacts — whether or not they’re online — as desired. Well, just about everyone. The feature is available on essentially every platform (Windows desktop, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, BlackBerry) except Windows Phone,… Read More


‘Windows Everywhere’ ad defines Microsoft’s new era, helps explain looming reorg

A new Microsoft television ad, airing for the first time tonight, aims to introduce the public to the company’s new “devices and services” strategy — and implicitly helps to explain why Microsoft is prepping for a massive internal reorganization. The ad, called Windows Everywhere, features products including Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, Skype, Office 365, Surface, Bing, Internet… Read More


Microsoft starts to integrate Skype with

Microsoft is starting to integrate Skype into, aiming to make its webmail service more of a universal communications hub. The company this morning announced a preview of Skype video calling and messaging for, rolling out first to “a select set of people” in the UK, with plans to take it to the U.S…. Read More