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Microsoft gives businesses a free tool for online meetings

Microsoft is giving small businesses a new way to hold meetings online with the launch of a free Skype Meetings product that's aimed at providing professional communication tools for free.

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Skype for Business will give businesses Surface Hub-like collaboration on a budget

Microsoft wants to help businesses bring their meeting rooms into the future of videoconferencing without spending a whole lot of dough with two new Skype for Business initiatives aimed at getting existing technology connected to its...

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Slack lets coworkers start ringing one another

Slack began rolling out a new voice calling feature to Slack teams that let people talk to each other one-on-one, or create conference calls for chat channels.

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Microsoft buys communication startup Talko, will shutter service in 2016

The collaboration and voice chat app Talko announced Monday that it has sold to Microsoft, which will be rolling its technology and team members into Skype.

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Can Office 365’s Skype for Business replace your PBX system?

Microsoft has introduced a feature in Office 365 that could allow you to replace your landline for good. Does it deliver as promised?

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Skype's magic real-time speech translation is going live for all

Microsoft pushes its Skype real-time voice-translation app out of preview with support for six spoken languages.

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Skype adds support for Android Wear in version 6.4 update

You can now draw emojis on your watch screen to lighten up the conversation.

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Microsoft's Edge browser will soon support Skype calls without a plugin

Windows 10 users can expect a plugin-free Skype Web app sometime later this year.

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Review: Skype 6.0 for iOS brings renewed focus to a venerable communication app

It may no longer be the wonder child of yore, but this old dog still has a few tricks up its sleeve.

FCC requires consumer protections in telephone transition to IP

Carriers must get permission from the FCC if they discontinue or reduce voice services during the change

FCC looks to protect customers during voice switch to IP

Carriers would be required to give customers warning before retiring their copper-based networks, under an agency proposal

Skype for Business preview adds support for massive meetings, cloud-based phone administration

Businesses can begin testing the new features now, with a full release expected later this year.

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Satellite hotspot brings Internet to new places

Inmarsat’s IsatHub hotspot pulls Internet from satellites using a paperback-book sized device that you pair with your smartphone. It works almost anywhere.

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Skype for web beta lets you ditch the desktop client

Microsoft has opened up the web version of Skype to anyone in the United States and United Kingdom, though full Chromebook support is still lacking.

Skype updates apps to crush crash-causing text bug

Meanwhile, last week's similar iPhone lockup flaw remains unlatched.

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A look at Bleep and what peer-to-peer messaging bodes for the future

Find out about Bleep and why its technology will change expectations for future messaging apps.

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Skype vs. Skype for Business: Who can stick with the free app, who needs to upgrade

Skype for Business offers advantages geared for businesses that are big—or that want to look big. Here's how to decide whether it's worth the money for your needs.

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Revamped Skype for Business rolls out for Office 365, quietly bumping off Lync

Microsoft will debut the Skype for Business client as part of Office 365 this month, rebranding the now-defunct Lync service.

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