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MacRumors
Jun 17, 2013, 11:49 AM
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http://cdn.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/10/skypelogo.jpgSkype has rolled out its new video messaging service, originally introduced as a beta (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/15/video-messages-coming-to-skype-on-ios-and-mac/) back in February, to all users. Previously, Skype users could only use 20 messages per month without subscribing to the more expensive Skype Premium plan. Now, all users can send unlimited free video messages (http://blogs.skype.com/2013/06/17/skype-video-messaging-catch-up-whenever-wherever/).
Video messaging is now available to all Skype users. You can send and receive as many video messages as you want - completely free of charge. Video messages can be received and viewed on any platform or device running Skype.

Skype Video Messaging adds another great way to keep in touch with friends and family during life's most meaningful moments. Send a video message to your friends and family today--it's easy. You can capture a fleeting memory, create a heartfelt reminder or simply tell a friend or family member "wish you were here" even when they aren't online.88nDTJyEIz4
Skype for iOS and Mac are available free. [iPhone (http://appshopper.com/social-networking/skype), iPad (http://appshopper.com/social-networking/skype-for-ipad), Mac (http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-mac/)]

Article Link: Skype Rolls Out Free Video Messaging to Skype for Mac and iOS (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/06/17/skype-rolls-out-free-video-messaging-to-skype-for-mac-and-ios-2/)



arkmannj
Jun 17, 2013, 12:01 PM
Now if only Skype worked in iOS 7

Elbon
Jun 17, 2013, 12:02 PM
So done with Skype. Total crapware. Every version was worse than the one before it. I stopped using it altogether about a year ago.

Northgrove
Jun 17, 2013, 12:06 PM
Haha, I remember when MSN stopped working, which we used internally between colleagues at work just as a way to ask quick questions. The service was then replaced with Skype and we installed that one instead. Holy. Crap. It was bad even for being bloated and coming from Microsoft. The garish ads looking like something from the nineties. The sluggishness. The horrible interface. Fortunately, there was a corporate decision to move to Microsoft Lync instead, which is a world of a difference. Especially Lync 2013 is pretty nice.

rmwebs
Jun 17, 2013, 12:13 PM
Haha, I remember when MSN stopped working, which we used internally between colleagues at work just as a way to ask quick questions. The service was then replaced with Skype and we installed that one instead. Holy. Crap. It was bad even for being bloated and coming from Microsoft. The garish ads looking like something from the nineties. The sluggishness. The horrible interface. Fortunately, there was a corporate decision to move to Microsoft Lync instead, which is a world of a difference. Especially Lync 2013 is pretty nice.

Skype for Mac has ads? Mine doesn't, and neither has any version of it I've ever used.

It's junk, but its pretty much one of the only viable options for a lot of people.

harrisondavies
Jun 17, 2013, 12:42 PM
You haven't tried Oovoo then?

5t3f4n
Jun 17, 2013, 12:51 PM
You haven't tried Oovoo then?

Wow. It looks like the worst versions of Windows Live Messenger and Windows Media Player had a retarded kid.
This almost makes Skype look good.

ThunderSkunk
Jun 17, 2013, 12:52 PM
We can do that already.

What Skype can't seem to do, is build a clean, organized, practical UI.

I use skype for 100% of my phone activity, but the next service that offers a dedicated cell number, it's goodbye skype.

For gods sakes, all the UI has to do are a few basic things, get it together already.

foxracing
Jun 17, 2013, 01:37 PM
It would be nice if they added offline messaging ... But I doubt they will ever add it ... less money for them if they added it, less people would be using the Skype texting if they added it.. I sometimes wonder how many people actually use the Skype texing

jowie
Jun 17, 2013, 01:50 PM
Haha, I remember when MSN stopped working, which we used internally between colleagues at work just as a way to ask quick questions. The service was then replaced with Skype and we installed that one instead. Holy. Crap. It was bad even for being bloated and coming from Microsoft. The garish ads looking like something from the nineties. The sluggishness. The horrible interface. Fortunately, there was a corporate decision to move to Microsoft Lync instead, which is a world of a difference. Especially Lync 2013 is pretty nice.

Lync 2013 crashes more than any other software on my work machine. It sometimes cancels shutdown because it gets confused (bless) and Microsoft Update always requires me to quit Google Chrome in order to install. What the hell is it doing anywhere near my browser? Ugh. Would delete if I could!

Pompiliu
Jun 17, 2013, 01:52 PM
People still use Skype? That's so 2006...

donutbagel
Jun 17, 2013, 02:02 PM
What a piece of crap. iChat + .Mac AIM account + Facebook chat (for those who don't use AIM) = unstoppable :D

... assuming you're chatting with people who have Macs. Sadly, this setup works cross-platform only for text and file sending, not AV chats. And even though almost everyone I know uses a Mac, a lot of them use Skype for some reason.

Shagrat
Jun 17, 2013, 02:07 PM
You haven't tried Oovoo then?

I see on their site, that they say:-

Free Plan features plus:
No Ads
Priority Support

SO, ads in free version, i take it?

GenesisST
Jun 17, 2013, 02:40 PM
Now if only Skype worked in iOS 7

Ha ha! I'm surprised none have bitten yet!

zooby
Jun 17, 2013, 03:26 PM
People still use Skype? That's so 2006...

... what do people use now?

Buduls
Jun 17, 2013, 03:39 PM
Skype for Mac has ads? Mine doesn't, and neither has any version of it I've ever used.

It's junk, but its pretty much one of the only viable options for a lot of people.

It does show ads if you are not paying customer

rmwebs
Jun 17, 2013, 03:59 PM
It does show ads if you are not paying customer

I'm not a paying customer - I still have no ads. I dont even see where it would be possible for ads to be shown.

The only one place is where it says 'blocked plugin' however thats just the skype video clip on how to make calls.

http://i.imgur.com/xqne5XS.png

For what its worth:

- Never ever seen an advert in the Mac version of Skype
- Never ever paid for Skype.
- Used it for the best part of 5 years on OS X.

Mike MA
Jun 17, 2013, 04:29 PM
Nice feature, but the UI got worse with every release...

217833
Jun 17, 2013, 05:25 PM
Still using Skype 2.8 because it's still the best UI for mac (with free screen sharing).

Since Skype has been bought my Microsoft, it became a real nightmare... from UI to features, to even restrictions (change of protocol, ads for free account and no more screen sharing for free account).

I currently seeking to switch to something else because I'm getting really tired of Skype.

phoenixsan
Jun 17, 2013, 05:54 PM
but will like more if Microsoft programmers achieve the feat of slim down Skype to obtain a no-resource-hog app....:rolleyes:

:):apple:

lozion
Jun 17, 2013, 09:33 PM
Viber ;-)

John.B
Jun 17, 2013, 09:36 PM
Have we confirmed that Skype calls and messages don't go through Ft. Meade?

FWIW, iMessage and FaceTime are working well for me. :)

locoboi187
Jun 18, 2013, 12:05 AM
I don't see the point of Skype.

is1234
Jun 18, 2013, 01:43 AM
I had to laugh when MS is using an iphone for a Skype commercial now. You would think they would help cross market their own products.

xdhd350
Jun 18, 2013, 06:33 AM
I don't see the point of Skype.

I see the point of it every day as I chat with friends all over the world in a big conference call. We are a group who stayed in touch after the Skypecasts were discontinued in 2008.

I HAVE tried just about every other VOIP solution out there, and Skype always provides the best audio quality of any. Tango... Oovoo, Viber, you name it. Facetime is superior audio quality to Skype, but is one to one only.

I use my Windows machine for Skype, as I like the UI better.

I have seen ads in Skype, but there is an option in the program settings to turn them off. At least on the Windows version there is.

szw-mapple fan
Jun 18, 2013, 07:32 AM
I'm not a paying customer - I still have no ads. I dont even see where it would be possible for ads to be shown.

The only one place is where it says 'blocked plugin' however thats just the skype video clip on how to make calls.

http://i.imgur.com/xqne5XS.png

For what its worth:

- Never ever seen an advert in the Mac version of Skype
- Never ever paid for Skype.
- Used it for the best part of 5 years on OS X.



There is ad on my windows machine but not my mac. funny how these things happen.

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I had to laugh when MS is using an iphone for a Skype commercial now. You would think they would help cross market their own products.

ahem... Skype for iOS and Mac?

knuro
Jun 19, 2013, 06:49 AM
So done with Skype. Total crapware. Every version was worse than the one before it. I stopped using it altogether about a year ago.

It was great program and very reliable until MS bought it. As with hotmail - went down the tubes.

otismotive77
Jun 19, 2013, 09:54 AM
i'd have probably been excited if they had focused on the app, the app is total crap, hangs a lot and is really slow, it's a good thing in a bad packaging. i hope they start working on it, make it a bit colorful, make it run fast and fluid, add more options and voila! it's the best app!

blitzer09x87
Jun 19, 2013, 10:17 AM
free video messaging, wow. that'd be great, i guess microsoft hired some new people, they're bringing updates to almost each and every product that belongs to micrsoft.