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Microsoft's Cortana assistant is coming to your chats in Skype for Android

In-chat assistance is not a new concept. If you've ever used Google's Allo app, you'll know what it's all about. While in a conversation with a friend, you can call upon the Google Assistant to answer a question, bring up directions, or perform a host of other helpful tasks, all without leaving the conversation. Skype will soon be getting similar functionality, as Microsoft is bringing its Cortana assistant to the messaging app.

As well as being able to bring up web results, you'll be able to utilize Cortana's full range of abilities. These include creating reminders and scheduling calendar events. Cortana will automatically detect when you're talking about something it can help with, and contextual options will be offered just above the chat box next to the blue ring.

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Skype v8.3 adds light and dark themes, activity indicators, and chat reordering [APK Download]

Skype just introduced PayPal integration less than 24 hours ago, but that doesn't mean the Microsoft-owned company is done adding things. Version 8.3 of the Skype Android app has implemented a host of new features, including themes, activity indicators, and chat reordering.

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You can now send money in Skype conversations via PayPal

Skype and PayPal have announced a new integration that allows users to transfer money to each other. The Send Money feature means you'll no longer have to leave a Skype conversation when money needs to be exchanged – paying off debts will be just a swipe away.

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Skype brings back status icons on the mobile app, adds new themes

Last month, Microsoft introduced "the next generation of Skype." The highlight features were Snapchat-like stories, a revamped user interface, and support for "add-ins" that extend the app's functionality. But the update wasn't popular with everyone, and Microsoft has implemented a few changes in response to feedback.

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Skype's big v8.0 app update is live in the Play Store

Skype has been around for a long time and has gone through some big changes over the years. The new v8.0 update might be the biggest one yet, though. It brings some Snapchat-like features including "add-in" services and "Highlights," which are basically Stories. This feels a bit like one giant "fellow kids" meme.

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Skype's new update adds Snapchat-like Highlights and add-ins

Skype has suffered from feature bloat and poor performance for years. Instead of creating a leaner video and messaging experience, like Google has done with Duo and Allo, Microsoft today announced a brand new Skype experience with a mishmash of features from other apps.

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Skype Mingo is now Skype Lite, designed for low data usage [APK Download]

The Skype app for Android isn't great - it's often slow, with somewhat-awful call quality and the occasional crash. Back in December, Microsoft released Skype Mingo in beta, a new lightweight Skype client designed as a hub for all your communications. Now the app is out of beta, and it's called Skype Lite.

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[Updated] Skype for Insiders becomes Skype Preview, the beta app aiming to replace the regular sluggish Skype

Last November, Skype unveiled its Skype for Insiders closed beta program, where registered users would be able to try a test version of the Skype app that would get new features first, then send feedback and suggestions to the team to help improve it. The goal of the program was to enhance the ease of use and reliability of Skype.

Today, the Skype for Insiders app has been published on the Play Store, though still under an unreleased beta state and with a new name: Skype Preview.

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Microsoft is launching a 'Skype Insiders Program' with a standalone beta version of the app

Skype, for all its flaws, is one of the most popular VoIP and video chat services in the world. You can help make it a little better by joining Microsoft's new Skype Insiders Program. It's basically a beta program, but they don't call it that. There's also a separate standalone app that you can install alongside the regular one.

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Microsoft Teams, the company's Slack competitor, is now in preview

For companies neck-deep in the Microsoft ecosystem, Slack may not be the best option. To help solve this issue for its Office 365 customers, or perhaps simply to cash in on Slack's popularity, Microsoft has released their new Teams application. Now available in preview for Office 365 Enterprise/Business customers, Teams is tightly integrated with your favorite Microsoft services.

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