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Skype for Mac 7.36

Chat with your friends and colleagues using text or video

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Mac OS X
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 16 September 2016
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Chat with your friends and Facebook contacts with Skype 6

It’s important to keep in touch with others, and Skype has become a valuable communication tool for both home and business users alike. The cross platform tool can be used to conduct text based chats with your contacts as well as audio and video calls. You can converse with your Skype contacts, but there is also Facebook integration which enables you to make use of your social networking contact list.

For some time it has been possible to make use of the Facebook chat feature of the social network from within the app – no need to visit the web site. The latest beta version adds the option to conduct video calls with Facebook users in addition to the existing option to do so with your Skype contacts.

Other new features include the ability to conduct group video chats, and this is a very useful option for anyone who wants to use the program to conduct online meetings. There is now also support for push-to-talk which enables you to use Skype much a walkie-talkie. Ideal when gaming, this feature means that you need not be constantly involved in a voice chat, but you can choose when ou would like to share what you are saying.

Skype has become a serious communication tool. The ability to not only conduct voice and video chats, but also send and receive files, and even make phone calls to landlines and mobile phones, means that Skype is far more versatile than other messaging tools.

What's new in v7.36 (see the changelog for more info)?

- When plugging in a new USB or Bluetooth device (audio/video, webcam, microphone, or headset), you'll receive a prompt and can decide whether you want to set it as your default device for Skype communications
- General improvements, including improvements to Swift Cards

Verdict:

For both home and office users, Skype is an incredibly valuable tool and the latest additions are great improvements.

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WhatsApp Messenger 2.16.11

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WhatsApp Messenger is the world's most popular instant messaging app for smartphones.

You can use it to send and receive text and voice messages, photos, videos, even call your friends in other countries, and because it uses your phone's internet connection it might not cost you anything at all (depending on whether you'll pay data charges).

It's easy to set up and use. There's no need to create and remember new account names or pins because it works with your phone number, and uses your regular address book to find and connect you with friends who use WhatsApp already.

You can talk one-to-one or in group chats, and because you're always logged in there's no way to miss messages. Even if your phone is turned off, WhatsApp will save your messages and display them as soon as you're back online.

There's plenty more (location sharing, contact exchange, message broadcasting) and the app is free for a year, currently $0.99/ year afterwards.

What's new in 2.16.11?

 - Due to a bug in iOS 10, your notification sounds may not properly play until you restart your iPhone (press and hold the power and home buttons for 10 seconds).
- In groups, you can now mention specific people to get their attention by typing the @ symbol and choosing someone from the picker. 
- When forwarding messages, you can now send to multiple chats at once 
- Ask Siri to send WhatsApp messages or place WhatsApp calls (iOS 10+) 
- Answer WhatsApp calls right from your lock screen, just like a standard phone call (iOS 10+) 
- A new Widget lets you quickly jump to a recent chat or see which chats have unread messages (iOS 10+)

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