Microsoft has updated Skype with new TripAdvisor and StubHub add-ins.
A new collection of Skype for mobile add-ins were designed to help with group planning—like organizing a weekend getaway or buying tickets to see your favorite band—without having to leave your Skype group chat. With our newest Skype add-ins—TripAdvisor and StubHub—making travel plans or getting tickets to an event is now just a tap or click away.
There’s nothing more exciting—and sometimes daunting—than traveling to a new place with a group. The TripAdvisor add-in for Skype lets you tap into the world’s largest travel site from your group chat to help plan a trip. With the new TripAdvisor add-in, you can instantly share information with your group about where to stay, what to do, and where to eat with friends.
To use the TripAdvisor add-in, tap or click the Add to chat button, scroll down, and select TripAdvisor. Search for the city you’re interested in or select a top destination. Once you have chosen your destination, you can search for hotels, restaurants, and things to do in the area. To share your findings with everyone in your chat, simply tap or click the Send button. Your TripAdvisor post will show up in the group chat, and members can quickly view information such as hotel rates and locations as well as traveler photos and reviews.
Whether you’re a sports fan, a Broadway aficionado, a concert goer, or all of the above, you can now grab all the tickets you need for your favorite events with the StubHub add-in for Skype and share to your group chat. Instead of exchanging emails and texts to organize your group to purchase tickets for an event, the StubHub add-in streamlines the process, all within your Skype group chat. The new feature helps you discover and buy tickets for your next event and share event details with your group without ever having to leave Skype.
Here’s how it works: Open the StubHub add-in and search for a specific event, location, or date you want. StubHub will show how many tickets are available for the event and offer tools to find the right tickets at your preferred price point. Once the event and ticket information are selected, send the link to the chat. Group members can tap or click the post to view the ticket listings on StubHub and then purchase the seats they want.
Skype add-ins are available on the latest version of Skype for Mac and Skype for mobile and are rolling out to Skype for Windows 10.
You can download Skype for iPhone from the App Store for free.