Skype for iOS adds support for Microsoft Hotmail, Messenger


Skype released an upgraded version of its free over-the-top calling and messaging service for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, adding support for parent Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Hotmail, Messenger and

Skype for iOS - Emoji

Skype for iOS 4.2. adds emoticon support in IM.

Skype for iOS version 4.2 enables iPhone, iPad or iPod touch owners to chat with their Hotmail, Messenger and Outlook contacts by signing into Skype and merging the app with their Microsoft account. In addition, users can now create Skype accounts directly within the iOS app.

Also new in Skype for iOS 4.2: Tap-and-hold instant message editing, emoticon support in IM (as well as animated emoticons for iOS devices with a Retina display) and phone number editing from the dialpad. The overall also fixes multiple bugs.

A carryover from a recent, smaller Skype update adds support for Apple's iPhone 5. The app is available for devices running iOS 4.3 or higher.

Microsoft acquired Skype for $8.5 billion in cash in May 2011.

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