Skype's Terms of Use reveals upcoming video messaging feature

It's looking like Microsoft will be adding an interesting new feature to its Skype service in the very near future. The reveal came not from Skype's blog, but from an unlikely source; the Terms of Use section of their website.

The newly updated page states in part that people who sign up to use the paid Skype Premium service will be able to " ... send and receive an unlimited number of Video Messages and any Video Messages you send and/or receive shall have no expiry date." The Terms of Use adds that free users of Skype will also be able to send Video Messages but that " ... the number of Video Messages you can send are limited." There's no word on the specific number of messages allowed for free Skype users to send, but they can still receive an unlimited number of Video Messages.

Any Video Messages that are sent or received by free Skype users will expire after 90 days, according to the Terms of Service. Free users who upgrade to Skype Premium before the end of the 90-day period will be able to save those messages.

Microsoft has already announced that Skype will be replacing its older Windows Live Messenger program sometime in early 2013 as part of the plans to integrate Skype into more of its software and hardware products.

Source: IT World
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WLM used to be the only really good first party IM client.

Skype is so-so...
It didn't bother me that it was very limited, because quite frankly, I used it like a phone.
Now with WLM contacts being merged into that I have NO PRESSURE to do so.
I'll hold out quite a while, no need to rush such a merging process and fall victim to all the little problems people have after the migration.
Nah, I'll take the tested moment and when there are enough tips for what to do exactly if you're a third party client user.

This is a big mess and I wish they had stayed separate forever.
Holy clusterfu** batman...

On topic:
So the messages expire... Like... The time I have to download them or their actual storage - even local copies?
In latter case I'll make sure to let all my contacts know to simply not bother sending me those and use email instead - one of the few services where I'm still in control of my data and where big technological leaps don't break stuff.
Yes, I like walking on the slow lane email is in terms of innovation.

I'll take a stable and predictable and backupable service over anything "new, fancy, deprecating!!!" any day.

GS:mac

So far skype has been a downgrade compared to WLM. Tabbed chats would be a nice feature to port over and better handling of the individual accounts within the client. Too many other things to list when it comes to what's lacking.

Axel said,
So far skype has been a downgrade compared to WLM. Tabbed chats would be a nice feature to port over and better handling of the individual accounts within the client. Too many other things to list when it comes to what's lacking.

I've Always prefered the WLM client over any other IM client available.
Due to its clean and simple contacts overview and clean and empty chatwindows.
But since everyone moved to FB or Skype nowadays, I stopped using it, but with the hope that Skype would be merged to WLM and they'd take WLM as a reference client. But noooooooooo.

Shadowzz said,

I've Always prefered the WLM client over any other IM client available.
Due to its clean and simple contacts overview and clean and empty chatwindows.
But since everyone moved to FB or Skype nowadays, I stopped using it, but with the hope that Skype would be merged to WLM and they'd take WLM as a reference client. But noooooooooo.

Holding out hope that they'll still port some of the features when they "officially" discontinue WLM.

when skype 6 released, i hope for a new interface, on the desktop version (i dont use windows 8.... so far), but its just the game, without the smooth corners, and it kinda looks like windows 98 revived version. i hope they completely redesign the interface in the near feature, or rebuilt skype from the ground up, because it's still taking too much resources. but if microsoft make it on their own, like the app for metro, it will be perfectly optimized, since they have full access to the windows code and so on

I'm not impressed with the Skype - WLM merging so far. I've got work and personal contacts all mixed up now, everyone seeing I'm online all of the time. They need to allow for groups and statuses for each group if they want to implement this properly. I can't be the only one in this situation.

Dij said,
I'm not impressed with the Skype - WLM merging so far. I've got work and personal contacts all mixed up now, everyone seeing I'm online all of the time. They need to allow for groups and statuses for each group if they want to implement this properly. I can't be the only one in this situation.

I think the Skype interface is a complete mess compared to WLM... they definitely need to go back to the drawing board for that, but I fear they'll concentrate more on the 'app' than the proper desktop client.

cleverclogs said,

I think the Skype interface is a complete mess compared to WLM... they definitely need to go back to the drawing board for that, but I fear they'll concentrate more on the 'app' than the proper desktop client.

+1!

cleverclogs said,

I think the Skype interface is a complete mess compared to WLM... they definitely need to go back to the drawing board for that, but I fear they'll concentrate more on the 'app' than the proper desktop client.

I actually like the Skype Windows 8 app because it does not need to be running to receive calls which is cool. However I miss features such as screen sharing and file transfer.

What exactly is a "video message"?. Premium subscribers can already have multi user video calls, and free users can have 1 to 1 video calls. If it is some sort of "video voicemail" then all I can say is "who cares".