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Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC is ready for prime time?

Microsoft's upcoming Skype for Web service will use the new WebRTC standard so it works in all modern browsers -- but not right away: early users will have to download a plugin that's only available on Mac and Windows. That's something Microsoft has already done for years in its Lync universal communications product.

IDC: Cloud, software options deflate sales of enterprise video systems

Sales of video conferencing and telepresence hardware systems are declining, hurt by an increase in cloud and software-based options that often are cheaper and simpler to deploy, according to an IDC study.

In 2014's first quarter, video conferencing equipment revenue shrank 16 percent worldwide year over year to $473.5 million, while units sold fell 6.2 percent.

To Compete With Google, Microsoft Makes Skype Group Chats Free

Microsoft announced that it will offer free group video calls on Skype, its popular internet communications service. Previously, such calls were reserved for customers who paid for premium Skype accounts.

France: Skype refuse de se déclarer comme opérateur télécoms

Malgré les injonctions de l’ARCEP, Skype refuse de se déclarer comme opérateur télécoms en France en vertu du CPCE. Une enquête préliminaire est ouverte.

Microsoft pushes ahead with Skype-Lync integration

Microsoft will demonstrate how Lync and Skype users will be able to communicate via video conferencing, the next stage of the integration between its enterprise unified communications server and its consumer IM and IP telephony network. The new integration will be shown at the Lync Conference, in Las Vegas and will be attended by almost 2,000 customers and partners, according to Microsoft.

Skype international traffic grew 36% in 2013, to 214 billion minutes

Market research firm TeleGeography reports that Skype’s international traffic volume continues to grow significantly.

Microsoft to begin connecting Skype and Lync by June 2013

Microsoft provided an updated road map for its Lync unified-communications platform today, the opening day of the company's first Lync Conference in San Diego.

Skype breaks records, traffic grows by 44 percent

Microsoft's call app increased its traffic in 2012 by twice the amount of all international phone carriers combined -- it's calls are now equal to one third of all global phone traffic.

 (Credit: TeleGeography)

Microsoft launches Skype-centered hub for small businesses

Microsoft has unveiled a commercial networking site where small businesses can promote their products and services and interact with potential customers and partners primarily using Skype.

The new website, called Skype in the Workspace (SITW), is free and already being used by about 500 small businesses that began participating in it during its six-month beta period, Microsoft said on Thursday.

Skype adds operator billing option

Skype selected MACH to enable direct billing. With the new billing platform, which gives mobile operators the option to provide users a consolidated bill that includes Skype credits paid via their mobile phone bill or pre-paid account, Skype users will also be able to purchase Skype credits from desktop PCs and mobile devices. Direct operator billing will maintain the same price points as current payment methods used for Skype credits, ensuring a consistent user experience.

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