Microsoft is delaying the transition of Windows Messenger desktop subscribers to Skype until April, according to a Skype blog post.
Skype revealed its forthcoming over-the-top calling and messaging application for BlackBerry 10 will be a port of its existing app for Google's Android.
Privacy groups are calling on Microsoft's VoIP unit Skype to be more transparent about conversation confidentiality and its data protection and retention policies.
Videoconferencing system provider Polycom saw its net income plummet to $2 million in the fourth quarter, a 96 percent year-over-year free fall, and its revenues dropped to $353 million, a more modest 9 percent year-over-year decline.
Microsoft is temporarily disabling People Hub integration with the latest version of its Skype application for Windows Phone 8 devices, citing device stability concerns.
Juniper Research is predicting there will be 1 billion over-the-top (OTT) mobile VoIP users by 2017.
Skype released an upgraded version of its free over-the-top calling and messaging service for Apple's iOS, adding support for parent Microsoft's Hotmail, Messenger and Outlook.com.
After beta testing the product for six months with 500 small businesses, Skype last week launched its Skype in the Workspace platform for small businesses to connect with potential customers, partners and suppliers.
As reported by telecom analyst Dave Michels, Microsoft has moved its Lync enterprise unified communications product to its Skype VoIP division. Combining Lync and Skype is a bold move, but if the challenges can be met and overcome, it will pay off for Microsoft in the end.
There comes a time when reaching a consensus on a standard becomes less important than getting improvements to the market. The long-delayed Opus standard is a case in point.