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Microsoft has updated its Skype for iPhone and iPad apps to add support for two new features in iOS 9: Slide Over and Split View. This follows close behind its update of the Mac app to add Split View in El Capitan.

Millions of people use Skype every day to share URLs and photos. iOS9’s new Split View and Slide Over capabilities let you use Skype while using another app alongside it, making sharing your content even better. Imagine you’re planning a night out in London with a group of friends using IM or a group voice call. Now you can share links to bars and restaurants and decide on the best place to meet without having to leave the app, just click on the shared content and bring it alongside your Skype conversation. It’s a great way to get things done together … 

The new app also allows you to reply to text chats direct from Notifications, without the need to open the app, and to begin a Skype conversation directly from Spotlight.

Search for a contact in Spotlight and, if you have them on Skype, they’ll show up in your Spotlight search results. Tap your Skype contact to start Skype and get straight to a chat.

Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad are both free downloads from iTunes.

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