Skype just launched video messaging for all users. This new feature also allows users to send messages to friends and family members who are offline. Last winter, Skype initially launched the feature in beta mode, but now all users can access these features.
New Feature Was Built Directly Into The Skype software
The new feature was built directly into the Skype software. It’s available for Windows 8, Windows desktop, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry devices. The best thing about all of this is that users can send or receive as many messages as they want without paying fees.
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Users who want to send video messages have to select the name they want to send the message to, and then select video message. In order for the video message button to appear, the name must be offline. Then select the record button to start the recording and press the button again to stop after. If users want to check the recording, they can play the recording prior to sending it.
Unfortunately, it looks like Windows Phone users will get the short end of the stick as there was no mention of support for it. Skype’s blog shared the details of the new feature in a recent post:
We’re excited to announce that video messaging is now coming out of preview as a full-fledged (and free!) feature in Skype for Windows desktop, Skype for Windows 8, Skype for Mac, Skype for iPhone, Skype for iPad, Skype for Android and Skype for BlackBerry. Just like the millions of users around the world who have already previewed video messaging, you too can now record and share a personal video message, even when your friends and loved ones are not available. The best part is that they’ll be able to view your video message as soon as they sign into Skype.Skype Video Messaging is easy and convenient, and only the contact you’ve chosen to receive your message can view it.
This new feature is a huge enhancement for the Microsoft brand, which acquired Skype for $8.5 billion back in 2011. Just a few months ago, the company phased out Windows Live Messenger and replaced it with Skype.
Technology and communication methods are changing at a fast pace. Tech companies who hope to remain relevant must do everything they can to stay on top. This new feature should keep Skype and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on the map of relevance.