Skype, the popular VoIP service owned by Microsoft, is now on the Apple Watch.
To be sure, Skype’s official Apple Watch extension doesn’t (yet) offer two-way voice or video calling à la Dick Tracy. But what little functionality it initially has nevertheless makes for a good start.
First off, it lets you start chats on the go with your favorite contacts right on your Apple Watch. It also lets you receive notifications for new messages and reply to them straight from your wrist.
Skype for Apple Watch enables you to quickly and easily send messages using Siri-activated voice-to-text, emoticons, or predefined responses.
Take a look at Skype for Apple Watch:
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Skype for Apple Watch is now available through the latest update to Skype for iPhone, which is free to download from the App Store.
Aside from Skype, Microsoft has updated several other apps with new features for the Apple Watch: Microsoft PowerPoint for remotely controlling slide shows, OneDrive for viewing photos, and Microsoft OneNote for seeing recent notes and dictating new ones — all directly from the wrist.
See also: Microsoft takes on Safari with its revamped Bing app featuring private search and more, Microsoft unveils Office Delve and Office 365 Video for iPhone, and Microsoft wades into the document scanning space with Office Lens for iPhone.