Skype has begun testing a new feature allowing users to send short video messages to contacts that aren’t available to chat. According to Ina Fried of AllThingsD, the Microsoft-owned VoIP and chat service has already started allowing select users to send short video messages, up to three minutes in length.
Fried reports that, “Starting Friday, those with the latest version of Skype for either Mac, Android or iOS can send the messages (users of Skype on other platforms can still receive video messages).” The feature is currently being tested out in a select number of countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom.
Skype hinted at the impending arrival of video messaging back in December when they added a paragraph to the end of their Terms and Conditions entitled “Skype Video Messaging,” David Meyer of ZDNet reported.
The current T&C text, as of the writing of this post, is as follows:
“As a non-Skype Premium subscriber you can, subject to the Video Messaging Fair Use Policy (‘FUP’) below, send and receive an unlimited number of Video Messages and any Video Messages you send and/or receive shall have no expiry date.
“If you are not a Skype Premium subscriber, the number of Video Messages you can send are limited, however you can receive an unlimited number of Video Messages (again subject to the FUP below). As a non-Skype Premium subscriber any Video Message you send or receive will expire within 90 days, except for Video Messages received from a Skype Premium subscriber or where you upgrade to a Skype Premium subscription before the 90 day expiry period ends, and in either case the Video Message shall cease to have an expiry date.”
Do you have the ability to send Skype Video Messages? What do you think about this new feature?
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