Microsoft announced that it has released preview version 22.214.171.1243 for Skype Insiders. This new preview contains a number of features that show support for Ukraine. First, every Skype user can make free calls to Ukraine from any platform. Users no longer need to subscribe or spend Skype Credit to call landlines, mobile numbers, etc. Additionally, Skype Translator is now available in more languages, and Skype can be used to translate calls from Ukrainian to other languages. Finally, the latest Skype preview adds the “Support Ukraine” emoji. This includes heart, handshake, and prayer emojis in Ukrainian national colours.
Skype 126.96.36.1993 update also includes support for the Google Play in-app purchase system. Skype for Android users can use the native Google Play in-app payment system to purchase Skype Credits, Skype Numbers, and Skype Subscriptions. Additionally, the latest Skype update fixes bugs and improves overall stability.
Translation app installations in Ukraine increases by 71% in one month
Sensor Tower’s latest report shows that in the first 9 days of March, the Ukrainian App Store and Google Play’s top 10 translation applications installed a total of 198,000 times. This is a 71% increase relative to the 116,000 times in the first 9 days of February.
Among them, Google Translate leads with about 58,000 installs. After Google Translate, we have other translators like Translate All and Camera Translator (photo translation).
Additionally, the top 10 language learning apps in Ukraine saw a 47% month-over-month increase in installs. The top 10 language learning apps had about 132,000 installs in the first nine days of March. This is a 47% increase from 90,000 during the same period in February.
Sensor Tower points out in the report that language applications such as Duolingo and specific language applications are among them. Three of the top 10 apps are specific to Polish, another three are English-focused, and one language app is primarily for learning German.
Ukraine considers moving sensitive data abroad
The Ukrainian government is preparing for the possibility of moving its data and servers abroad in case Russian forces penetrate further into Ukraine, a senior Ukrainian cybersecurity official said on Wednesday. Victor Zhora, deputy head of Ukraine’s State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection, stressed that the agency was working on contingency plans.
This shows that the Ukrainians are not so sure about their ability to protect their capital. However, it also shows that Ukrainians will protect valuable data from Russian troops at all costs.
“We are preparing,” Zora said. “Plan A is to protect the IT infrastructure in Ukraine. Moving it to another country would only be ‘Plan B or C’.” He said the move would only be in Ukraine and Regulatory reforms will not be implemented until lawmakers approve them.