Skype inadvertently confirms video messaging with legal text change

It seems that Skype is inching closer to offering video messages, a long-rumored feature that would serve as the equivalent of Skype voicemail.

A recent change to Skype’s Terms of Use (TOS), the legal language that companies use to specifically detail what they offer customers, references the upcoming video messaging feature, ComputerWorld reports.

By the time of this post, the TOS text was fixed, but initially it read: “If you are a Skype Premium subscriber you can … send and receive an unlimited number of Video Messages and any Video Messages you send and/or receive shall have no expiry date.”

Skype Premium is an $8.99 a month feature that gives extra features, like group video calls and unlimited calls to the country of your choice. Nonpremium users will be able to send a limited amount of video messages, and they’ll expire after 90 days, the TOS said.

Not surprisingly, Skype hasn’t admitted whether the feature is upcoming, but given that the TOS was quickly fixed, I wouldn’t be surprised if it announced this soon.

I’ve honestly been surprised Skype didn’t offer video messaging sooner, especially since the mobile video sharing service Qik, which is owned by Skype, has offered it for some time. Tango, another video chat service, also offers video voicemails.

It’s particularly surprising that it’s taken this long since Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion last year. But I suppose since it took forever for Skype to offer mobile video chat, we shouldn’t be too shocked that video messaging isn’t here yet.


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