LUXEMBOURG, August 7 /CNW/ - Skype has announced its users can now make
conversations even more fun-packed by sharing video content with their friends
and family across the world. Following new partnerships with leading
independent video sharing sites Dailymotion (www.dailymotion.com) and Metacafe
(www.metacafe.com), Skype(TM) 3.5 for Windows lets you download your favourite
videos from these sites and add them into your Skype 'mood', giving colour and
personality to your online profile.
User's moods are a way of sharing your feelings with friends and family
and are becoming increasingly popular in the Skype community because they are
a simple, more personalized way to share all sorts of things with other Skype
"People thrive on sharing stuff with one another. A little over a year
ago, we had 100 million registered users worldwide and we've more than doubled
in size in the space of twelve months. This is because we continue to develop
Skype and come up with amusing things to do. User-generated and licensed video
content are incredibly popular. Working with Dailymotion and Metacafe means
everyone can try out downloading their favourite clip and putting it in their
online profile. Video content is a great conversation starter because people
love talking about video clips and especially the ones that are personal to
them." said Carter Adamson, general manager, desktop products for Skype.
In addition to sharing video in your mood, people can now also include
video content in online Skype chats, making it easy to discuss the latest
viral videos with friends and family around the world.
"Video mood messages provide members of the vibrant Skype community a
great way to express themselves by tapping into the original and entertaining
videos available on Metacafe, including those in our Producer Rewards(TM)
program that pays video creators for their best work," said Erick Hachenburg,
CEO of Metacafe. "Online video has become so popular over the past couple of
years in large part because it's fun to find something entertaining and
forward it to a friend who's likely to enjoy it. Videos placed into Skype mood
messages make this process even easier."
"With this partnership, the online global community is really coming
together to create a new experience in video sharing," said Benjamin Bejbaum,
CEO and cofounder of Dailymotion. "From now on, Skype users will have access
to more than 3 million videos, including premium content and exclusive artwork
from our MotionMakers."
Skype also lets you take still photos when making a video call. Moments
such as showing off a newborn baby via webcam or having a far-away friend wave
'hello!' can now be permanently captured and shared.
Skype 3.5 for Windows lets users transfer their incoming calls to another
person or a group of people on Skype (or, for Skype Pro subscribers, to a
landline or mobile phone number).
In addition, auto redial has been introduced, where if the number being
called is engaged Skype can automatically redial it every two minutes, until
the call is answered. These new features make it even easier and more
convenient to keep in touch over Skype.
Skype sets conversations free by providing new and easy ways to stay in
touch over the internet. Millions of people every day make free Skype-to-Skype
voice and video calls and send instant messages using our software. Some pay a
little per minute for long-distance and international calls to phones and
mobiles and for SMS, voicemail and call forwarding, or they buy subscriptions
that give unlimited calls nationwide.
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Skype's functionality. Skype has been downloaded more than half a billion
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