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The Softonic Minute: Skype, Rovio, Steam and Instagram

Niamh Lynch

Niamh Lynch

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Rovio goes Viking, Steam could allow game shares and Instagram gets video, in The Softonic Minute.

Here’s your Friday dose of this week’s top news in the world of software.

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Steam to allow game sharing? This is our best guess after seeing Steam’s most recent beta version. In the code, we can see lines that make reference to an inactive directory, for the moment called a “shared game library”. Phrases like “Just so you know, your games are currently in use” make us think that soon our friends could loan us their games, something that even Microsoft has recently decided to allow.

Free video messages on Skype. From now on, there’s no more limits on the number of messages you can send to your contacts via Skype. The Microsoft service that absorbed Messenger is removing restrictions and will now allow you to send an unlimited number of free video messages. Ironically, the only users who still don’t know when they’re going to be able to use the service are those who use Windows Phone!

Rovio’s got a new game. It’s called Icebreaker and is a puzzle game where you’ve got to help some funny little Vikings cross the ice. The game mechanic reminds us of Cut the Rope, and it gets more difficult as you progress. We’re guessing it’s going to be another addicting game from the creators of Angry Birds, and experience shows that addicting games is something they do pretty well.

Instagram now comes with video. Facebook has announced a new feature for its popular photo app. As we suspected, it’s added videos, in a 15-second format. It has shades of Vine, with the same snippets of recording, but with some interesting extras, like filters, the ability to delete video clips and Cinema, an awesome video stabilizer. We’ve already tried it.

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