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November 30, 2012

Skype for iOS Gets Major Upgrade

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

Ever since Microsoft (News - Alert) purchased Skype, industry analysts have been waiting for the company to truly leverage that purchase. While they still haven’t managed to really make the program their very own, it appears that Microsoft is finally starting to move in that direction. Over the last few weeks, Microsoft has made a move to make their investment that much better. The company has been trying to team their prize possession with some of the best companies in the world. First Microsoft upped the ante by upgrading their Android application and now they are revamping their iOS app.

The iOS upgrade allows users to sign into their Microsoft account through the Skype (News - Alert) application. This particular move seems tied to the fact that Microsoft is getting rid of Messenger. With the removal of Messenger, Microsoft is actively encouraging loyal users to move over to Skype to chat and other communication needs.

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The best part of this particular upgrade is that when Microsoft users sign into Skype, it will automatically import any Hotmail and messenger contacts directly into the program. This feature might actually make people who normally had very little use for Skype, to suddenly find it indispensible. 

If you have never used a Microsoft account and you are brand new to Skype, you can also create an account that will cover both. More than Microsoft integration, Skype 4.2 for iOS also has features that make the app better in simple ways, such as edit and deleting instant messages, putting emoticons in your instant messages and edit the ability to save phone numbers quicker and easier. All of these updates, even without the Microsoft integration, would have made the app worth adoption, but having your contacts quickly and easily makes the application better.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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