Video Messages Coming to Skype on iOS and Mac

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skypelogo.jpgMicrosoft is adding Video Messages to Skype for iOS, Android, and Mac this week, which will allow Skype users to send up to three minutes of video to one another. It will essentially function as video voicemail.

The messages, which are designed to be sent to both online and offline users, are a part of Skype Premium. Each Skype account will receive 20 free messages and when those are used, additional messages will require a subscription to Skype premium for $4.99 per month. The Verge went hands on with the app:

The feature works on Android and iOS by using the front facing camera, with an option to switch to the rear. You can send up to three minutes of video to users who are either online or offline and the video will be delivered in the chat part of Skype.

The Mac client is very much the same, but there's an option to download the video messages you receive. It's certainly no Vine rival as the feature doesn't let you record in loops, but Skype tells us that it's an early beta still in testing.

Microsoft is also planning to transition its Windows Live Messenger users to Skype, merging the two services into one. The transition was supposed to happen in mid-March, but it has been delayed until April 8.

Video Messages are currently rolling out to users on both iOS and Mac. Skype for the iPhone [Direct Link] and for the iPad [Direct Link] can be downloaded from the App Store and Skype for Mac can be downloaded from the website. All three apps are free.

Top Rated Comments

Squuiid Avatar
103 months ago

How are unlimited video messages possibly not free? :( Let alone regular voicemail? :confused: It's 2013.

Microsoft.
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JoEw Avatar
103 months ago
20 video messages FOR FREE?? So generous :D
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mathcolo Avatar
103 months ago
How are unlimited video messages possibly not free? :( Let alone regular voicemail? :confused: It's 2013.
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anzio Avatar
103 months ago
It's already available. Conversations -> Send Video Message.
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Cod3rror Avatar
103 months ago
Useless feature.

Should've just included messages to offline users with push notifications.

The way Skype operates is outdated. Just think, you have to first call somebody with a regular line and tell them to turn on Skype, and then chat, totally dependent and outdated method of establishing contact. If you've got Viber, LINE or even a Facebook messenger, any of the new generation messengers, they don't have this online and offline mode anymore, you just send a text and forget it, they'll either receive it instantly or if they have no connection once they go online it'll be delivered them.
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Krazy Bill Avatar
103 months ago

Yes, because they were trying to increase revenue before selling, to Microsoft.
It is now up to Microsoft to not continue with this practice and thus shoot themselves in the foot.


Why should MS cater to you for free? :confused: (or anyone else for that matter).
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