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Derek Lakin

Skype Qik 1.5

We released yet another version of Skype Qik today, v1.5. To be honest, while we focus on the Universal app on Windows Phone there wasn't much in the Windows Phone release, but we did manage to ship the filter effects, which was the key feature in this release. Here's the relevant section from the Skype Garage blog post: Qik 1.5 also gives you new ways to express yourself on Windows Phone, iPhone and ...

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Derek Lakin

Skype Qik

Today sees the culmination of over 6 months work for me personally, but slightly longer for the rest of the teams. I’m proud to be a part of not just another Skype client client, but a whole new Skype experience: Skype Qik (pronounced “quick”). Skype’s first app since Skype. The launch of the Skype for Xbox One was one of the most amazing experiences in my career to date; a day I’ll ...

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Derek Lakin

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more

As regular readers will know, I’m clearly not one for settling down and the time has come yet again for major changes in the Lakin household. Today marks a major step forwards in our next move because my passport came back from the US Embassy with my L1-A visa stamp in it, so we’re officially able to make that move. Back in April 2012, I blogged about “New Challenges” as I moved from ...

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Derek Lakin

Skype for Xbox One

Today sees the launch of the Xbox One around the world, which is another great landmark in my career. There’s plenty written about the road from Xbox 360 to Xbox One and there are plenty of reviews for you to read (my favourite is the Polygon review, which looks amazing in addition to being balanced, honest, and accurate), so I won’t jabber on about it for long. However, Xbox One brings to the ...

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Derek Lakin

From Windows Phone to Xbox One

The last time I wrote about New Challenges I’d been at Pixel Lab for 15 months. Well, it seems that 15 months is my new standard job duration because 15 months after starting at Microsoft working on Skype for Windows Phone, I’ve moved on again. During my time on the Skype for Windows Phone I’ve worked on the initial release for Windows Phone 8 including background chat and calling and the numerous ...

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