Lync And Skype Can Now Talk To Each Other

Microsoft has begun the process of integrating consumer-centric Skype with enterprise-friendly Lync. The first stage allows Lync and Skype users to share contacts and make calls and send messages to each other.

Briefly: Skype For Linux Update, Free Car Phone Holder, Apple Maps Not Rubbish?

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Microsoft releases new Skype update for Linux users, get a free car phone holder from NRMA, Apple Maps leaps onto the comeback trail.

Briefly: Skype for Windows 8 Update, Free Picture Hanging Strips

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: new Skype update for Windows 8 users, Reckon launches 2013 Reckon Accounts range, get a sample pack of Command picture hanging strips free.

Briefly: 25 Percent Off Skype Gift Cards, Kogan Mobile Reviewed, 20 Percent Off iTunes Cards

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including 25 percent off Skype Gift Cards from 7-Eleven, a review of Kogan Mobile and 20 percent off iTunes cards.

Why Business Video Conferencing Needs More Than Skype Or FaceTime

In-room video conferencing systems can be expensive to implement, which often leaves managers wondering: how much worse off would I be using Skype or Google+ Hangouts or FaceTime? IT pros argue the answer comes down to reliability and image quality.

Skype 6.1 Integrates With Outlook

Windows: Skype for Windows has just updated to version 6.1. The big change in this version is integration with Outlook 2010 and 2013, meaning you can make Skype calls direct from your Outlook contacts. Very useful if Outlook is your main email platform. [Skype Blog]

Get One Free Month Of Unlimited Worldwide Calling On Skype

Here’s a present from Skype to you: a free month of Skype Premium with unlimited worldwide calling. This promotion is similar to the one offered last month, except this time it’s open to both new and existing Skype users, and there’s no cutoff date to grab the promotion.

Skype Selling Prepaid Cards In Australia

Want some Skype credit but don’t fancy sharing your credit card details? Skype has begun selling prepaid access cards in Australia from December.

Skype Improves Contact Lists, Video Calls On All Desktop Platforms

Windows/Mac/Linux: Video chat app Skype released updates today for Windows, Mac and Linux. Each comes with its own new improvements and bug fixes. Here’s what’s new.

These Are The Companies That Protect Your Data From The Government

The Electronic Frontier Foundation took a look at 18 different web companies to see which ones are serious about user privacy — and which ones are likely to hand your data over to the government at a moment’s notice.