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Skype Brings Free Video Messaging Out Of Preview, Redefines 'Visual Voicemail'
Skype has just announced that the previously beta video messaging feature it's been testing is now a proper release feature of its Skype applications for Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. Video messaging on Skype simply allows users to record a message for a contact to be viewed later, sort of like a video voicemail, instead of requiring that any real-time communication shenanigans happen.
Asynchronous video is arguably the older form of communication - I can still remember using the parents' old VHS camcorder to make tapes that we'd later show grandma and grandpa, for instance. But Skype has been slow to integrate it, and it's possible that the advent of recent startups including Glide, and to some extent Twitter's Vine, which are focused specifically on time-delayed video broadcasts, have lit a fire under the Microsoft-owned company, lest they get disrupted. Other competing apps like Viber and various messaging platforms have also previously offered the feature.
The video messaging feature had previously been available as a beta feature since February, with a cap on the number of messages in place, and free unlimited use relegated to those with premium subscriptions. Luckily Skype seems not to have seen much value in locking this feature behind a pay wall, unlike its screen sharing option, which is good news for all.
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