Microsoft Office files are seamlessly integrated into Skype for Android

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Today, Microsoft is seeing two of its biggest businesses form a better relationship. People using both Office and Skype will be very happy to know that Microsoft is enabling seamless transition between the apps. If someone sends you a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint file on Skype, the communication platform will redirect you to to the appropriate app that displays it.

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Talk Android Apps of the Week: October 11, 2015

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It’s Sunday, the time of the week when Talk Android brings you a report on some of the very best applications we’ve been using for the past seven days. Today we’re focusing our attention on a great budgeting tool, a fantastic podcast playback application, a world-class instant messaging service and, last but not least, an awesome travel companion.

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PSA: Skype is giving you 20 minutes of free calls to compensate for its recent outage

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If you’re a regular user of Skype, then you’re probably aware of the catastrophic outage that took place on September 21. For those that are not frequent users, the service went down at approximately 9AM (EST) and wasn’t revived until around 4PM (EST), leaving many customers up in arms as they use Skype for business communications and subsequently missed vital meetings.

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Best instant messaging services

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Messaging services can be a useful alternative to your standard SMS messaging on your smartphone. While a standard text message uses your carrier plan, a messaging app only uses WiFi and is completely independent, which means you won’t actually need a plan from a carrier to use it. These are also useful if you want to message simultaneously on your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and they often have a ton of extra features that your standard text messaging app simply won’t have.

We’ve compiled some of the best and most popular apps available to give you a few to test out.

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