Exciting New Features Added to Skype By Microsoft Corporation

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the tech giant has introduced exactly the feature that its users wanted on its video and voice calling platform.

Microsoft Corporation’s most popular platform for video and voice calling is Skype but this platform’s mobile app lacked the option of having a group video call. All of skype’s rival s such as WhatsApp and Hangouts has had these rumors going around according to which these platforms were supposed to this option but no such rumors were heard for Skype in this time span. However, confirmed news has finally surfaced according to which the popular calling service will now have a group video calling option through which numerous new customers will be attracted towards the application.

Despite the fact that this is not a new feature for the Skype platform or for its users for that matter but the service had not been introduced on its mobile app yet – so it is a smart way of increasing user engagement. The latest development will be able to work for both android as well as iOS users and they will be able to enjoy the new experience.

The new feature at this point will just be made available for users in North America and Western Europe but they technology giant has promised to make the service available all across the globe towards the end of March 2016. The news was announced earlier last month regarding the feature but has been confirmed quite recently.

On its desktop version, the video and voice calling platform allows up to 25 users on a group call with 1080p and also allows its users to switch between front and back camera. This feature has been made available due to the increased demand. Initially, this feature of having 25 people on one group call was not a tough job for the company however on smartphone this will be quite difficult task for the company to figure out.

The service works in such a way that during the call, the user’s screen is on the top right corner of the screen and as it adds more participants onto the call, Skype automatically tries to adjust the new entrants onto the screen as much as it can. If there are over seven people on one call, the display is in such a way that all of the participants of the call appear on the bottom of the screen while the person who is using the feature is highlighted by default. Additionally, users have to option to adjust the participants as per their own preference too.

Additionally, the company has added another feature to the update according to which a user is able to add a person who is not a Skype user. This is down via default sharing tools that are on android and iOS which allows people to add whoever they want to a Skype call.

Right after the announcement was made by the tech giant, a number of users signed up for the service beforehand to gain access to it – this act clearly shows that people really wanted this feature to be made available on smartphone. The Vice President of the company, Gurdeep Pall stated that there has been a 600 increase in group call which pretty much happened overnight.

Microsoft Seems Ready To Fight Rivals

Microsoft Seems Ready To Fight Rivals

The software giant is being analyzed by analysts very closely as it seems to be taking up competition in the market quite seriously

Microsoft Corporation has not forgotten the fact that it was once on top of its game in the tech industry and seemingly wants to attain its old position back in the industry, by one way or the other. With the launch of a grand new operating system in the form of the new Windows 10, the software giant seems well aware of where it is headed and how it plans to go forward in the cut throat tech and software industry. The giant has not only launched the new Windows, but it has also come up with its own version of a personal assistant named as the Cortana.

This digital assistant has been released in competition with Apple’s Siri and Alphabet’s Google Now, which are already established software apps in iPhones and Android devices. However, Microsoft software is here to make itself noticed and analysts are of the opinion that with Cortana, the giant might be doing just that. According to reports, the assistance provided by the tech giant to the users is not only faster but it is also a better platform for the users to give in their personal information without the fear of it getting misused in any way. News suggests that Cortana has also been made capable to references in the contextual manner, which is something that neither of its rivals has managed to offer in their assisting software apps.

On the other hand, analysts are considering the different moves being made by Microsoft software team as highly competitive and strong enough to put any rival down. Along with the release of Cortana, the hardware company has also announced the launch of new headphones which have specially been made for the blind people of the society, as by putting these on, they will be able to see and know things that they previously could not enjoy due to their disability. This headset has been deemed as ‘smart’ as they will also be proving as the first step that the giant takes into the smart technology space which previously it was not willing to enter without a backup plan.

One of the most important factors that have put Cortana on top of the game as compared to its rivals is that it has been made available by the software giant to not only Android but also iOS which is being considered as one of the best marketing techniques ever pulled by a company to promote a digital assistant in the past.

Microsoft Stock Shows Strength In Smartphone Industry

Microsoft Stock Shows Strength In Smartphone Industry

The company has released a new feature on Lumia 950 that is sure to take its stock up on the index.

Microsoft Corporation might be a strong company in the tech industry but the fact that it has some major rivals, such as Apple and Alphabet to look up to, can never be denied. The company has been facing trouble in sales and business for some time now and has failed to be as quick to climb the ladder of success as its rivals did.

However, the software side of the company is believed to be doing wonders to the stock and this is majorly supported by the strengths it has shown with the launch and release of Windows 10. The smartphone market has proved to be a difficult market to enter for the tech giant but analysts believe that there still is a lot to look forward for the company’s growth in the coming days.

Analysts who were previously keeping a bearish look on the Microsoft stock are slowly turning towards the bullish side, considering the positives they are seeing in the new Windows recently launched. The new operating system has helped the organization to regain the long lost attention that it once had in the software industry, as only after weeks of the actual launch of the Windows, there were more than millions of downloads of the system with great reviews pouring in from every part of the industry.

Analysts first believed that the business might see its progress slowed down over the period, given how more users are now seen opting for either iOS or Android phones to be used for daily purpose, but this recent launch changed many opinions.

Microsoft shares are currently in a position that could do with some great sales and bullish outlooks from the analysts in the industry. As for now, it looks like the business might need more sales to boost the prospects. The software company has launched a new feature on Lumia 950, which is being considered by analysts as really unique and useful, and it has an edge that it has been looking for to compete with other companies.

The ‘Continuum’ has been released by the software company in the Lumia 950 and has the capability to turn itself into a computer just by being attached to a screen. By owning that phone model, the users will not be needed any other phone or gadget, as it will serve as a complete package for all purposes. This presents an edge against other rivals.

 

Microsoft Earnings Report for 1QFY16

Microsoft Earnings Report for 1QFY16

The software company has reported an EPS of 57 cents, whereas the revenue has turned out to be at $20.4 billion

Microsoft Corporation released its earnings report for the last quarter of 2015 on Thursday, right after the trading for the day ended. The software company was seen to report revenue of around $20.4 billion which indicated that the giant has gone through a huge dip of around 12 percent on a year over year basis. The operating income expenses have come out to be at $5.8 billion whereas the earnings per share of the three month financial period turned out to be 57 cents, which was only a cent less than what the Street analysts had expected out of the company.

The fact that Microsoft stock has turned out to miss out the estimations of the equity firms has put the investors off a little bit but on the other hand, the stronger ground that the software giant currently stands on is its cloud business which seems to be boosting the business with some renewed strengths. As for the Office 365 user base, it has grown by a huge figure of 3 million in the last three financial months which has made the total users to stand at around 18.2 million for the cloud computing software. The growth is also being seen to be by 70 percent, which is massive in the analysts’ eyes.

The sales of its cloud computing service, the Azure, also showed colossal signs of increment in which the numbers came around to be at 135 percent and is being considered by the analysts as a huge breakthrough for the company in the industry. In the earnings call, it was also reported that the software giant turned out to experience doubled figure for the users on the cloud services and the total revenue that was attained from the department also saw an increase by 13 percent.

The management of the Microsoft business has also emerged to be very positive about the way things seem to be going within the company. However, the sectors in the company which were the most down in the earnings were of the smart phones as well as the sales of Surface tablets, which was due to the increasing sale of Surface Pro laptops which were recently released in the market with a new version. http://www.ibtimes.com/microsoft-corporation-msft-q1-2016-57-cent-eps-misses-wall-street-expectations-2152910