Tag: WeChat

Apple legalizes and taxes in-app tipping for content creators

Apple has activated a new revenue stream that could foster communities of digital content creators around the world like those already thriving in China. Apple’s newly published update to its App Store policies officially designates voluntary tipping via virtual currency as in-app purchases that Apple taxes 30 percent. By taking tipping out of the grey area, more app developers might institute digital tip jars as an alternative way to get creators paid without having to offer ad revenue sharing.

Skype retires older apps for Windows and more as it pushes new features

The newest version of the Skype app takes a big hat-tip from social media platforms like Snapchat and Facebook’s Messenger with its newest features, adding a Stories-like feature called Highlights, a big selection of bots to add into chats and a longer plan to upgrade group conversations with more features. Now, as part of the effort to get people to use the new Skype more, the company is also doubling down on something else: Skype is trying to get users off of older versions of Skype.

Your phone has already fixed chat fragmentation

How many chat systems do you use? If I look at my own device and exclude work-related Slack messages, I’d say 50 percent of my chats are in iMessage, 30 percent WhatsApp, and 20 percent are some mix of SMS, Snapchat, Instagram direct messages, Skype, Twitter DMs, and Facebook Messenger. My colleagues in Japan overwhelmingly use Line while my friends in China do the same with WeChat. My security-minded friends, meanwhile, all use Signal or Telegram. And still, there are many more chat systems to choose from.

How Microsoft built its Slack competitor

Microsoft Teams might be launching across the world today, but the app started off on a fruit farm in Hawaii and a hotel room in Las Vegas. These unconventional work locations formed the foundations for the Microsoft Teams chat app that thousands of businesses will start using this week. “We really wanted to experience being close together and get the team much more close-knit so that we could model how we really make Teams more close-knit in software,” explains Brian MacDonald, head of Microsoft Teams, in an interview with The Verge.

That time Facebook went too far

Facebook’s attempts to clone Snapchat know no limit.The social networking giant is in the enviable position of owning a number of the world’s most used internet services and applications. Facebook the social network is closing in on two billion registered users — a level of global reach that is unprecedented in history — while its Messenger app counts one billion active users.

Facebook on course to be the WeChat of the West, says Gartner

It’s the beginning of the end for smartphone apps as we have known and tapped on them, reckons Gartner. The analyst is calling the start of a “post-apps” era, based on changes in consumer interactions that appear driven, in large part, by the rise of dominant messaging platforms designed to consume more and more of mobile users’ time and attention. It figures messaging apps will become more popular than social media apps within the next two years.