Better Skype integration in Windows Phone 8?


Microsoft revealed that their internet communication tool Skype will be more integrated with their upcoming operating system, Windows Phone 8,  to be released in a few months.

Microsoft said this during their Windows Phone 8 summit. The company’s Skype team revealed last month that they are working hard on Skype for Windows 8.

Skype was acquired by Microsoft last year, it currently has about 200 million users and is considered as one of the premiere internet communication programs around.

The Skype app for Windows Phone 8 will boost Nokia devices VOIP or voice-over-IP support. This will enable users to make Skype calls much like making a traditional voice call.

After hearing the news, Xbox fanatics posed a question as to when Skype will be made available to Xbox units.

Being the owner of Skype, Microsoft has the ability to place this technology to all their devices including the Xbox and the rumored Xbox 720.

Rumors have persisted that Skype will be integrated to the Xbox 720 but it still hasn’t been confirmed by Microsoft.

Skype has long been popular to individuals the world over. If rumors are true, that Skype will be made available to the Xbox, then this could make the game console’s hold on the top firmer.

Do you believe that the Xbox 720 will be integrated with Skype?

Are you tempted to buy Windows Phone 8?

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Facebook’s “Unfriend” hailed 2009’s Word of the Year

If this is not enough proof on the popularity of social networking sites, then I don’t know what is. J

The word “unfriend” was chosen by the New Oxford American Dictionary as the word of the year. It is a verb that means “to remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook.”

An example from the dictionary reads: “I decided to unfriend my roommate on Facebook after we had a fight.”

Senior Lexicographer of Oxfords U.S. dictionary program said the word was chosen because “unfriend” has both “currency and potential longevity”.

“In the online social networking context, its meaning is understood, so its adoption as a modern verb form makes this an interesting choice for Word of the Year. Most “un-” prefixed words are adjectives (unacceptable, unpleasant), and there are certainly some familiar “un-” verbs (uncap, unpack), but “unfriend” is different from the norm. It assumes a verb sense of “friend” that is really not used (at least not since maybe the 17th century!). Unfriend has real lex-appeal,” she said.

Previous words of the year include locavore (people who eat locally grown food) and hypermiling ( act of modifying cars and driving techniques to maximize petrol mileage).


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