News by Andrew Kameka on Friday February 15, 2013.
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Microsoft subsidiary Skype is debuting a new feature for its video-calling app that allows users to leave recorded video messages to others. Surprisingly, the app debuts only on Android, Apple iOS, and Mac - not Windows or Windows Phone. Some users with the latest version of Skype installed on their device should see the new feature rolled out in stages beginning today.
Skype Video Messages go beyond voicemails and allow users to send video messages that are up to three minutes in length. The recordings use the front or rear camera and are accessed at the recipient's earliest convenience. It's designed to work as a way to showcase something or leave a message when two people are unable to conduct a video call at the same time.
Skype surprisingly does not yet support Windows on the desktop or Windows Phone 8. Video Messages can be recorded on an Android, iOS, or Mac device, but Windows users will only be able to receive and view recorded videos. Microsoft paid $8.5 billion to acquire Skype in 2011, so people naturally wonder why the company would not have the feature available on its own operating systems. It's unknown if a technical hurdle or time constraints prevented Video Messages from launching on Skype for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, but Android, iOS, and Mac users will be first to leave a message to their friends.via: AllThingsD
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