Microsoft is ready to release a new Skype function – Video messages. The service will enable consumers to send one another short video messages with length of up to three minutes.
The news was announced by The Verge. The website published a report in which claims that Microsoft will launch the new Skype service as soon as this week. In addition, the report also informs that Video messaging will be first released for Android, iOS and Mac operating systems. Users who work on Microsoft’s OSs Windows and Windows Phone will have the chance to enjoy the service somewhere around the end of April. According to The Verge, this information has been officially confirmed by a spokesperson of Skype.
Also, consumers who work on Mac will have the option to save the Skype video messages on their devices. The messages will be available for download in mp4 format. In addition, the massages will reach their receiver even if he or she is currently offline. That will be possible since the videos will then be sent in a chat window.
The new Video message feature will be available only for Skype Premium users. To subscribe to this version of the program, consumers need to pay $4.99 per month. Once they do that, they will be enabled to send 20 free short video messages on Skype.
Lately, Microsoft is trying to greatly improve Skype and offer users a brand new chat and messaging online experience. For example, a few days ago, the company added a new option on its Mac and Window apps. Through it users will have the chance to send gift cards on Skype to their friends and family.
Skype Video messaging will be initially available only for UK and US users. However, Microsoft assures that it won’t take long before the service is introduced in many other countries.
Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp. officially stated that users of its old instant messaging platform Messenger will be transferred onto Skype. The process will start at April 8 and it is expected to increase the number of Skype users even more.