The co-founders Skype and Flutterwave are among the big names backing a new tech growth fund aimed at investing in African “impact start-ups”.
Although Skype, launched in 2003, has been available nine years longer than Zoom and is owned by tech titan Microsoft, Zoom has effectively left it in its dust.
Facebook-owned messaging giant WhatsApp on Thursday said it has launched both video and voice calling on its desktop apps for Windows and macOS.
As millions face more time inside as part of self-isolation and social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, people are turning to video-calling apps to stay in touch.
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New research by Opensignal has found that South Africa scores poorly relative to many other nations when it comes to the quality of voice calls over mobile networks using apps such as WhatsApp.
Microsoft contractors are able to listen to some conversations that go through Skype’s translation function, a report has claimed.
Telecommunications carriers have long grumbled that they spend a fortune building the world’s data networks only to watch the US technology giants reap most of the benefits. Now they fear Silicon Valley will take away their customers, too.
Clad in jeans and a gray sweatshirt, Amy Hood stands before a room of 140 Microsoft recruits. The feeling in the air is a bit like the first day of school, and new hires are taking selfies outside in front of a big Microsoft logo.
It’s relatively easy these days to find critics of Skype, the popular online calling service that Microsoft acquired in 2011 for US$8.5bn. Former devotees routinely gripe on social media that the software has become