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.
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.