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Skype Adds E-Gifting to its Mac and Windows Applications

February 14, 2013
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Microsoft-owned Skype is rolling out updates today to both its Mac and Windows desktop applications which introduce the ability for Skype users to send each other gifts in the form of Skype credit gift cards. The feature ties in nicely given Skype's Facebook integration, as users already receive alerts on the platform when it's the birthday of one of their Facebook friends....

 

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