Skype launches beta of video messaging service, forgets who owns the company

It's been a badly kept secret for some time but today, people who use Skype on their Mac, iOS and Android products will be able to participate in a beta test of the VoIP service's upcoming video messaging feature.

CNET reports that the beta test is limited at the moment to U.S. and U.K. Skype users. When those users accept the beta agreement, they will be able to create videos that can then be sent to other Skype customers who view the pre-recorded clips in their inbox.

Windows users will also be able to access this video messaging service, but unlike the other three platforms, they will only get a link to the final video recording, rather than viewing the video itself. The beta should help Skype and its parent company Microsoft find and fix some last minute bugs before the video messaging service is released as a general Skype update.

According to Skype's own terms of use document, people who sign up to use the paid Skype Premium service will get free unlimited access to both send and receive video messages. Free users will only be able to send a limited number of video messages, but they can receive as many video message clips as they want.

Source: CNET | Image via Microsoft

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?? I am not in the UK nor in the US and I had the option, from my wife's iPad2, to send a voice message. And there was no signing up for a beta agreement.

pmdci said,
?? I am not in the UK nor in the US and I had the option, from my wife's iPad2, to send a voice message. And there was no signing up for a beta agreement.

That's a voice message though, we're talking about a video message now.

GP007 said,

That's a voice message though, we're talking about a video message now.


An improvement for sure but still, IMO, not a valid replacement for Messenger.

Fritzly said,

An improvement for sure but still, IMO, not a valid replacement for Messenger.

Well the client will be killed off but the network will keep on, since it is used by Windows Phones, the Windows 8 app and also Xbox 360. Not sure how they will phase that out.

GP007 said,

That's a voice message though, we're talking about a video message now.

Sorry I made a typo. I meant that I did left a VIDEO message.

I left a video message for a family member, and Skype said that I have 19 video messages left.

I never signed for any beta, and I did this from an iPad2, and I don't live in the US nor in the UK.

pmdci said,

Sorry I made a typo. I meant that I did left a VIDEO message.

I left a video message for a family member, and Skype said that I have 19 video messages left.

I never signed for any beta, and I did this from an iPad2, and I don't live in the US nor in the UK.

Oh, well I dunno then, heh.

Is it "Forgets who owns the company" simply because its not available on a Microsoft Platform? Because that feels like a stretch to me

How is it a stretch? Microsoft owns skype and this new service is not available on any Microsoft platform, sounds like they forgot/ignored or however you want to put it.

And basically this is why WP now is and Windows eventually will be irrelevant in the future. Microsoft themselves wont support Microsoft, its no wonder no 3rd party developer will either.

Not really, it's a beta test, let other platform users find and have to deal with bugs and have windows users have less problems?

efjay said,
How is it a stretch? Microsoft owns skype and this new service is not available on any Microsoft platform, sounds like they forgot/ignored or however you want to put it.

And basically this is why WP now is and Windows eventually will be irrelevant in the future. Microsoft themselves wont support Microsoft, its no wonder no 3rd party developer will either.

Have to agree with you on the last statement. Microsoft is killing off WLM yet at the same time can't even get it's flagship OS working properly with Skype and the messaging hub App.

Users who are trying to contact Skype linked 'Microsoft accounts' are being left frustrated to the point, the very basic messaging service that the message hub app offers doesn't even work for most of the time.

Loads of issues raised on the Microsoft's Answers forums and no official word from Microsoft about how to fix it or what is causing the problems. We'd all be happy if they simply told us it'd be fixed after the switch over. I understand Skype uses the messenger backend servers and will continue to and it'd accept it.
Unlinking a Skype account from the messenger account fixes it so it's clearly something they've set up backend.

At one point, while I had my accounts linked I was having messages delayed to my windows PC and Windows Phone by up to 5! hours then several would barrel in at once.

Teebor said,
Is it "Forgets who owns the company" simply because its not available on a Microsoft Platform? Because that feels like a stretch to me

Nothing's a stretch at this place when it comes to pro-MS propaganda. I actually know someone that works at Skype and they still operate as they always did, they're not MS employees nor do they feel like them.

Makes sense to me they wouldn't waste resources on versions of the client that has almost no userbase - like the Metro/RT/Winphone versions

n_K said,
Not really, it's a beta test, let other platform users find and have to deal with bugs and have windows users have less problems?

That is not bow a Beta testing program is supposed, MS had a superb Beta testing program,at least until Sinofsky/McNamara destroyed it.

sagum said,

At one point, while I had my accounts linked I was having messages delayed to my windows PC and Windows Phone by up to 5! hours then several would barrel in at once.

Oh wow.. I think I just beat my all time message delay...

I just got 51 'instant' messages all at once, dating back 17th-27th Jan 2013...

What the heck is going on.... this is crazy. lol

Skype
- Can video call with 2 people for free
- Can only talk

Google Hangout
- Can video call with 10 people for free
- Wide array of fun applications and business applications in addition to group viewing of the same youtube video on the fly.

phate said,
Skype
- Can video call with 2 people for free
- Can only talk

Google Hangout
- Can video call with 10 people for free
- Wide array of fun applications and business applications in addition to group viewing of the same youtube video on the fly.

Nice try Google employee

If you're going to beta features, logically, you are going to release it on platforms with a large variety of users and devices to test. That's iOS and Android. I say that as a WP8 user.

This is simply incredible.
I really wonder how Microsoft can / will explain this.

How can they expect consumers to adopt their new platforms (Windows Phone, Windows 8) when they actually seems (or are unable) to support them in the first place.
Can someone spell MISGUIDED EFFORTS please...

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