Skype Rolls Out Free Video Messaging to Skype for Mac and iOS

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Skype has rolled out its new video messaging service, originally introduced as a beta 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.
    Skype for iOS and Mac are available free. [iPhone, iPad, Mac]

    Article Link: Skype Rolls Out Free Video Messaging to Skype for Mac and iOS
  2. arkmannj macrumors 65816


    Oct 1, 2003
  3. Elbon macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2008
    Boston, MA
    So done with Skype. Total crapware. Every version was worse than the one before it. I stopped using it altogether about a year ago.
  4. Northgrove macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2010
    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.
  5. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    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.
  6. harrisondavies macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2010
    Newcastle upon Tyne
  7. 5t3f4n macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2011
    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.
  8. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68020


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    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.
  9. foxracing macrumors newbie

    Dec 28, 2009
    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
  10. jowie macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2004
    London ish
    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!
  11. Pompiliu macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2012
  12. donutbagel macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    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.
  13. Shagrat macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    I see on their site, that they say:-

    Free Plan features plus:
    No Ads
    Priority Support

    SO, ads in free version, i take it?
  14. GenesisST macrumors 68000


    Jan 23, 2006
    Where I live
    Ha ha! I'm surprised none have bitten yet!
  15. zooby macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2008
    ... what do people use now?
  16. Buduls macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011
    It does show ads if you are not paying customer
  17. rmwebs macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2007
    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.


    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.
  18. Mike MA macrumors 65816

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Nice feature, but the UI got worse with every release...
  19. 217833 Guest

    Aug 19, 2008
    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.
  20. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    Like this feature....

    but will like more if Microsoft programmers achieve the feat of slim down Skype to obtain a no-resource-hog app....:rolleyes:

  21. lozion macrumors regular


    Jan 12, 2006
    Montreal, Canada
  22. John.B macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2008
    Holocene Epoch
    Have we confirmed that Skype calls and messages don't go through Ft. Meade?

    FWIW, iMessage and FaceTime are working well for me. :)
  23. locoboi187 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
  24. is1234 macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2011
    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.
  25. xdhd350 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2010
    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.

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