Microsoft's Skype unit revealed plans this week to significantly improve its call quality now that the Opus open standard has received approval from the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standards body.
Skype plans to roll out direct operator billing in October using billing specialist MACH's Direct Billing Gateway.
Close to 90 percent of Americans want proprietary walls between video-calling systems broken down, enabling interoperability among different systems.
Although Facebook remains the most popular social networking application across Apple's iOS platform, its dominance is waning as download volumes drop off and rivals like Pinterest and Twitter gain steam.
Skype released an upgraded version of its over-the-top calling and messaging service for Apple's iOS, adding photo-sharing capabilities as well as performance enhancements.
A new study from the research firm Visiongain indicates that global revenues from voice over IP services will reach $65 billion this year, posing a substantial threat to providers of traditional voice services.
Swedish telecommunications firm TeliaSonera plans to introduce charges for calls on services like Skype and Google Talk. The company reportedly has already begun a trial with one of its Spanish subsidiaries.
Rumors of a $1.2 billion deal for Microsoft to buy Yammer have persisted for almost a week, yet neither side had confirmed the deal as we went to press.
Skype is no longer commercial-free. The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service owned by Microsoft now injects advertisements alongside video conversations of its non-paying members.
It has been just over one year since Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced its largest acquisition ever, the $8.5 billion deal for Skype. The timing has prompted numerous assessments in the last few