Much of the team working on the app came from Yahoo's 2014 acquisition of Message Me, an app with similar features.Livetext is Yahoo's first move back into messaging in recent years, after effectively abandoning the once-popular Yahoo Messenger.In addition to these services, Skype also offers the Skype for Business application, a fee-based version of the program, which is specially geared towards companies.Skype for Business offers useful additional features, including the integration of Microsoft Office 365 and stronger security measures.The result is a combination of traditional texting and more media-rich platforms like Snapchat and Beme.
For example, with the conference function, it’s possible for up to 25 Skype users to take part in a group chat at the same time.
At an event today in Manhattan, Yahoo announced a new app called Livetext, available tomorrow in the i Tunes store.
Yahoo describes the app as "live video texting," essentially a combination of self-facing live video and chat.
Additionally, Skype offers its ‘Skype for Web’ function, which allows users to make a Skype call as a web app directly via the browser. It is necessary for all parties to have a Skype account in order to utilize these different functions, however it’s still possible to use Skype to contact people who don’t have an account, as Skype is connected to landline and mobile networks all around the world.
In order to use this service, Skype users must buy credit in advance for calls and texts, but at a comparatively low price.