CNET: Microsoft listened to Skype calls with ‘no security’ to protect recordings, report says

CNET: Microsoft listened to Skype calls with ‘no security’ to protect recordings, report says. “A Microsoft effort to improve Skype calls and the Cortana virtual assistant by listening in on user interactions reportedly had ‘no security measures’ in place to protect data. Contract workers in China were able to access recordings via a web app from personal computers in their homes, according to a Friday report in The Guardian. “

Neowin: Microsoft is discontinuing the Skype Translator bot

Neowin: Microsoft is discontinuing the Skype Translator bot. “Today, Microsoft announced that Skype is getting an update to version 8.54, which Skype Insiders have been testing for a couple of weeks now. As has been the case with most recent Skype updates, the list of changes is very small, but there’s something interesting, a new feature Translated Conversations. Skype has been able to translate conversations for a few years, but the feature was called Skype Translator, and that’s changing now.”

TechCrunch: Skype upgrades its messaging feature with drafts, bookmarks and more

TechCrunch: Skype upgrades its messaging feature with drafts, bookmarks and more. “Skype is best known for being a video calling app and, to some extent, that’s because its messaging feature set has been a bit underdeveloped. Today, the company is working to change that image with a series of improvements to Skype’s chatting features aimed at further differentiating it from rival apps.”

Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls (Motherboard)

Motherboard: Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls. “Contractors working for Microsoft are listening to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app’s translation service, according to a cache of internal documents, screenshots, and audio recordings obtained by Motherboard. Although Skype’s website says that the company may analyze audio of phone calls that a user wants to translate in order to improve the chat platform’s services, it does not say some of this analysis will be done by humans.”

Neowin: Skype for Web preview gets screen sharing on Chrome

Neowin: Skype for Web preview gets screen sharing on Chrome. “It’s been a long time since Microsoft last shared what’s new in the latest Skype updates. The app has been getting updates somewhat consistently, and Insiders are now up to version 8.46, but the last time we had heard anything new was for version 8.43 in April. That’s changing though, as the team has shared that, with version 8.46.76.59, Skype for Web now supports screen sharing, even if you’ll need to be using Google Chrome.”

TechCrunch: Skype now supports up to 50 group call participants, topping rivals

TechCrunch: Skype now supports up to 50 group call participants, topping rivals. “Skype is capitalizing on Apple’s struggles with Group FaceTime to attract attention to its own group calling features. Today, the company announced it’s doubling the number of people who can simultaneously participate in a group audio or video call. It now supports as many as 50 people at once, up from 25, previously.”

Engadget: Microsoft is testing Skype group calls for up to 50 people

Engadget: Microsoft is testing Skype group calls for up to 50 people. “Skype conference calls could be about to get a whole lot busier. Microsoft is planning to bump up the maximum number of group call participants from 25 to 50 (18 more than can fit into a Group FaceTime call). The audio and video buttons will be enabled for larger groups, so people can more easily mute their microphones or turn on/off their webcam.”