First up, the Microsoft-owned Skype VoIP (voice-over-IP) app is seeing a bunch of new languages added to the application, meaning our readers in a selection of countries will be able to enjoy localization in Skype. The supported languages are Croatian, Slovak, Catalan, Vietnamese, Thai, Hindi, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Turkish, and Estonian, and localization is dubbed as arriving “within the coming week.”
More major changes are reaching Skype Qik, however, with version 1.5.0 of the group messaging app. Now, users can enjoy eight new effects which can be used while recording your videos “to make them more fun and playful,” Microsoft explains in a recent blog post. Here, the company continues:
Once you open the viewfinder, you can select an effect to apply to your video. You can even switch from one to another while youre recording to include multiple effects in one video message. Choose from favorites like mirror, x-ray and Minecraft (a staff favorite that makes you look 8-bit) or go crazy with hearts or snow.
On iOS, users can tap the “magic wand” icon in order to reveal live effects in Skype Qik.
Microsoft’s updated Skype Qik is available now, while the updated Skype app is incoming.
As mentioned, yesterday was a significant day for Microsoft’s App Store presence. The company unveiled Office Lens for iOS, a Scanbot-competing application that allows users to capture digital scans of paper documents, convert them to searchable PDF files, or even create Word (.docx) or PowerPoint (.pptx) files from scanned images. Significantly, the app performs OCR (optical character recognition) on files at no extra cost; the app is entirely free to download, and in this respect it’s unlike similar applications for iOS.