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BlackBerry 10.1 brings Skype to BlackBerry Z10

BlackBerry 10.1 roll out starts today for the BlackBerry Z10 and with it comes Skype, Microsoft's popular VoIP and messaging client, one which has been available for preview via BlackBerry World for the BlackBerry Q10, the QWERTY version of the Z10, for a few weeks.

The application integrates nicely with the BlackBerry Hub and may be seen as competition to BlackBerry's BBM. The latter launched today and will become a cross platform communication application for the first time ever, with clients on iOS and Android but not, surprise, surprise on Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 or Windows OS.

The move could be seen as a small but significant win for Microsoft as the software giant wants to bring its own communication ecosystem to businesses and bridging the gap between mobile and desktop environments using Skype's formidable clout.

You can check out our review of the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone here and read our hands-on of the BlackBerry Q10 here.

As for the main headlines – including the launch of the mainstream BlackBerry Q5 - from the BlackBerry Live event, you can read through them here. Sadly still no BB10 for the Playbook though.