Skype started out as an innovative way to talk to anyone in the world so long as he/she is connected to the Skype network. But now, it’s more than just that as sharing videos to other Skype users is now possible with the new Skype 3.5 for Windows.
Following new partnerships with Dailymotion and Metacafe, the Skype 3.5 lets a user download various videos and be able to add them into one’s Skype ‘mood’. According to Skype, user’s moods are becoming increasingly popular in the Skype community because they are a simple, more personalised way to share all sorts of things with other Skype contacts.
Skype’s General Manager for Desktop Products, Carter Adamson said, “People thrive on sharing stuff with one another. A little over a year ago, we had 100 million registered users worldwide and we’ve more than doubled in size in the space of twelve months. This is because we continue to develop Skype and come up with amusing things to do. User-generated and licensed video content are incredibly popular. Working with Dailymotion and Metacafe means everyone can try out downloading their favourite clip and putting it in their online profile. Video content is a great conversation starter because people love talking about video clips and especially the ones that are personal to them.”
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Users can also include video content in online Skype chats, making it easier to discuss with friends and family around the world. The CEO of Metacafe, Erick Hachenburg said, “Video mood messages provide a great way for members of the vibrant Skype community to express themselves by tapping into the original and entertaining videos available on Metacafe, including those in our Producer Rewards program that pays video creators for their best work. Online video has become so popular over the past couple of years largely because it’s fun to find something entertaining and forward it to a friend who’s likely to enjoy it. Videos placed into Skype mood messages make this process even easier.”
Moreover, CEO and cofounder of Dailymotion, Benjamin Bejbaum said, “With this partnership, the online global community is really coming together to create a new experience in video sharing. From now on, Skype users will have access to more than 3 million videos, including premium content and exclusive artwork from our MotionMakers.”
Skype 3.5 for Windows lets users transfer their incoming calls to another person or a group of people on Skype. In addition, auto redial has been introduced, where if the number being called is engaged Skype can automatically redial it every two minutes, until the call is answered. These new features make it even easier and more convenient to keep in touch over Skype.