Microsoft acquires Skype for $8.5 Billion

Microsoft has officially announced today that it’s planning to acquire Skype for an estimated $8.5 Billion in cash. This is undoubtedly a big move to prevent Google and Facebook from acquiring the most successful VOIP service currently on the market. What does it mean for Windows Phone ? Well, not much in the short term. The official Skype application is still going to come out this fall alongside Mango and Skype is most probably still going to be available on most platforms (update: this is confirmed in the press release).

Microsoft already has several VOIP offerings: Lync for business users (formerly Office Communicator) and also Windows Live Messenger. How will Skype fit into the company’s communication strategy is something that is yet unknown but having some sort of Skype + Messenger cross-branding / integration is probably the first thing that will come out of this deal.

Update: here’s the interesting part of the announcement:

Skype will support Microsoft devices like Xbox and Kinect, Windows Phone and a wide array of Windows devices, and Microsoft will connect Skype users with Lync, Outlook, Xbox Live and other communities. Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms.

Both companies have also just announced that Skype will now become a new Business division of Microsoft called “Microsoft Skype Division” Redmond already has all the tech so acquiring Skype isn’t really going to give them anything really new compared to what they already have besides the brand and mind-share / reach. But I wouldn’t be surprised if next year’s Windows Phone chassis feature a front facing camera though. Update: With this acquisition Microsoft is also buying Qik which was bought by Skype in January 2011.

Press release after the break:

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Qik announces Premium services for HTC EVO 4G

As promised last week Qik is announcing today new premium services associated with HTC EVO 4G handsets. For £’.99/month EVO 4G owners will have access to higher than 640×480 video chat, the ability to snap photos while recording videos, automatic downloads to the PCs, video mail etc… All those services will be available for free until July 15. If you don’t have an HTC EVO 4G you can still download the new version of Qik on the android Market but you won’t have access to any video chat feature. Check out the full comparison table and video after the break:
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HTC EVO 4G disassembled

iFixit just posted a full teardown gallery of the HTC EVO 4G. Nothing really out of the ordinary was found in there. You will get a chance to see how the beast looks like on the inside and patiently wait for the officially released on June 4th.

Source: iFixit

Qik on the HTC EVO 4G will be mostly free, subscription fee for premium services

Qik has issued an official statement today about the rumored £5 fee that HTC EVO 4G were supposedly required to pay to use the the software. It turns out that the basic services, like video chatting, will be free to use but the still unnanounced premium features will require a subscription fee. Here’s the official statement:

Well, there’re a number of rumors flying around that the 2-way Qik mobile video service will require a premium subscription. We wanted to clarify what that really means. Firstly, rest assured that the core Qik service that lets you communicate live from your phone to other phones, web and desktop will be FREE. Yes – this means that the core capability of doing 2-way Qik video chat will be FREE for Sprint EVO 4G users. The subscription fee will be for some advanced premium features that we are working on, which we will be announcing on June 4th – the day the amazing HTC EVO 4G phone launches.

So, tune back in on June 4th for a complete list of features of the new Qik along with the optional advanced premium features for you to enjoy!

Source: Qik

QIK on the HTC EVO 4G to cost $5 per month ?

Nothing is confirmed yet but according to AndroidGuy‘s source at Sprint the QIK video chat service will cost you $5 per month on top of the monthly bill and $10 premium that HTC EVO 4G users will have to pay to use the WIMAX network. Sounds a bit expensive for such a service no? Let’s wait for an official announced which should come in the coming days (the EVO 4G is launching on June 4th)

Source: AndroidGuys

Qik for Windows Mobile updated with new UI, improved sharing and better performance

Here’s some good news for all you WinMo users out there. Qik For Windows Mobile (touch phones) has finally been updated with some cool stuff:

Windows Mobile Qikkers out there – we have a new version (4.21) now available with a cool new look, much improved sharing to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and better performance and frames per second, especially on the Samsung Omnia series phones. It also provides an easy way to upload existing videos on your phone to and share it to other networks.

Head over here for more info

Source: Qik

Qik on Android gets updated with speed sharing & video editing

The popular mobile video sharing sharing service Qik just rolled out an update to the Android version of the application. This new version brings two new features to the table, on-device video editing a speed sharing to simplify video sharing with your contacts.

The Qik Speed Sharing bar makes it fast and easy to let friends know you’re live or send a recorded video.
You can now create shortcuts to select friends or family members from your phone contact list and place those shortcuts on the Speed Sharing bar that appears in the bottom of the screen. These can be either SMS or email contact details. The text messages are sent through Qik servers, saving you any possible charges from your mobile provider on SMS. The Speed Sharing area also displays those networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, for which the user has enabled sharing.

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