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Rolling out this week to iOS and Mac users, an update to Skype will add the ability to send video messages to your contacts. Using your iSight or iOS camera, the three-minute messages can be sent to friends, regardless of their online status.
According to The Verge, the new Skype video message feature has been in the works at Microsoft for some time, but iOS, Android, and Mac users should see the functionality available in an update sometime this week. Strangely, the video messages are not available for Windows devices, as of yet. But -- Microsoft owns Skype, and -- ah, whatever.
Windows and Windows Phone Skype users will still be able to see messages sent to them, though a link.
"We're pleased that there's interest for Video Messaging to come to Skype for Windows and Skype for Windows 8," a Skype rep told The Verge. "We'll let you know when we expand the service to the platform."
Unfortunately, the video messages aren't included in the free version of Skype. After the update, you'll have 20 free messages. But after that point, you'll have to subscribe to Skype Premium. The upgrade costs $4.99 a month.
Videos are shot using your Mac's iSight or iOS device's camera. The initial rollout is only available to US and UK Skype users.
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