Instant communication company Skype announced yesterday that users will now be able to engage in video messaging. Users will be able to record a video message and send it to a contact as an instant message.
“We’re excited to announce that video messaging is now coming out of preview as a full-fledged (and free!) feature in Skype for Windows desktop, Skype for Windows 8, Skype for Mac, Skype for iPhone, Skype for iPad, Skype for Android and Skype for BlackBerry,” Skype said in a statement.
Skype also detailed how the system works. “Just like the millions of users around the world who have already previewed video messaging, you too can now record and share a personal video message, even when your friends and loved ones are not available. The best part is that they’ll be able to view your video message as soon as they sign into Skype. Skype Video Messaging is easy and convenient, and only the contact you’ve chosen to receive your message can view it.”
“Video messaging is now available to all Skype users. You can send and receive as many video messages as you want – completely free of charge. Video messages can be received and viewed on any platform or device running Skype,” they added.
Recording a Skype Video Message is simple:
* First, tap the “video message” button.
* Next, tap the record button to capture your video message.
* You can record a message of up to three minutes, which can be previewed prior to sending. If you would like to, you can delete and re-record until you are completely happy with it.
* When you are ready, simply click on the envelope icon to send your video message to the recipient.
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor