Microsoft today updated the Skype app for Windows Phone 8 devices to version 2.13. This new update brings the much needed performance improvements to the app. Microsoft has made a significant improvement to the time it takes for the app and your recent conversations to load when you start up Skype from the tile.
Also, you the app now supports copy and paste for instant messaging conversations. You can now press and hold an IM message, select copy and paste it to where you need it. Microsoft has also made some improvements in the accessibility area, they now have a high contrast mode in the app. Another significant announcement is that, Skype for Windows Phone is now available in China following Microsoft’s strategic partnership in the region with Guangming Founder.
Find the update in the Windows Phone Store.
Skype for Windows Phone 8 devices received a minor update today.
Unfortunately Microsoft did not reveal what if anything is new, only noting that v188.8.131.52 includes:
-General fixes and improvements.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Have our readers noticed any specific improvements? Let us know below.
via: Plaffo, thanks Lance for the tip.
In an interview to The Verge, Skype product manager Jeff Kunins spoke about the current state of Skype experience across all platforms and how they are trying to fix in the future. He admitted well known Skype annoying bugs like unsynced messages across devices, call notifications continue to ring even after attending on one device, etc. He assured that Microsoft is working on to fix these serious bugs very soon. Speaking on Skype experience on Windows Phone devices, Kunins revealed that they are going to improve app load times and better notifications in the near term and have more fun things planned when Windows Phone 8.1 releases next year. I hope Microsoft delivers on their promises!
Microsoft is also improving the load times on its Skype Windows Phone app alongside better notifications, but additional improvements are coming next year. “I don’t think we’ve talked publicly a bunch about Windows Phone 8.1 and the experience, but as you can imagine we’re certainly working closely with them and how that experience is,” explains Kunins. “We’ve made a ton of progress on our Windows Phone app in general, and as you can imagine we’re doing a lot of fun things for Windows Phone 8.1 as well. I think there will be some fun things to see there.”
Read the full interview from the link below.
Source: The Verge
I guess the previous meaningful update released for GroupMe app in Windows Phone was in 2012. Finally, GroupMe team which is now part of Skype (Yes, Microsoft owned Skype!) has released an update v4.6.4 in Windows Phone Store which improves experience by adding little features such as the ability to view previously sent messages while offline, etc,. Find the change log below.
Whats New in 4.6.4:
-Improved message delivery
-View previously sent messages while offline
-See muted group members
-Faster app start up
I’m not sure about the strategy behind GroupMe inside Skype. While there are several start-ups fighting it out everyday with new features to capture cross-platform messaging market, Microsoft owned GroupMe is barely making any noise in the messaging world. WhatsApp which was started few years back now has over 300 million active users almost same as Skype! I think Microsoft once again lost its great opportunity in messaging/IM world after MSN Messenger. What do you think?
Download GroupMe app here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Skype for Windows Phone 8 devices got a minor update today. The new v184.108.40.206 includes a little feature that allows you to remove unwanted chats from your recent list and also includes various general fixes and improvements.
- Tap and hold on unwanted chats to remove them from your recent list.
- General fixes and improvements.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free.
Earlier this year we outlined Skype’s Mobile Future, where our work on Windows Phone has been leading the way in a number of key areas. Skype for Windows Phone was the first Skype mobile app to have HD Video Calling, the new Modern user interface and be always on and power efficient. The Windows Phone 8 platform is gaining good momentum in the marketplace and at Skype the vast majority of our Windows Phone base and usage is on Windows Phone 8.
Just recently we released Video Messaging for our Windows Phone 8 app, enabling you to record and share messages, even when friends and loved ones are not available for a call. As we look ahead to the future, we are focusing all our efforts to bring great experiences and improved performance to Windows Phone 8, building on the capabilities of the platform. As a result we are not planning to release further updates to Skype for Windows Phone 7. However the Windows Phone 7 app will remain available to download in the Windows Phone Store, so users can still keep using the core Skype experiences, such as Chat, Voice and Video Calls.
While Windows Phone 8 is likely the majority of the market, there are still many millions of Windows Phone 7 users, making the decision unfortunate. On the other hand the current app will continue to remain available, and Windows Phone 8 APIs allow features which are just not possible on Windows Phone 7.
Do our readers think this is a reasonable decision, or should Skype, which after all belongs to Microsoft, be going out of their way to support all their Microsoft mobile customers? Let us know below.
Microsoft today updated Skype for Windows Phone 8 devices to v2.9 with new features. Skype team blogged that they have focused on quality and performance improvements. Also there are improvements to the way contacts are managed, and the Skype home screen layout.
•People List Filter – We received feedback from users that they’d like to see Windows Phone contacts and Skype contacts split out in the Skype People List. So, in 2.9 we’ve added a filter so you can see either all your contacts, just Skype contacts, or only available contacts.
•Home Screen – The Skype home screen has been improved so that users can now pivot through app functions. The Favorite Contact tiles are now smaller, fitting three across on the screen so it is faster for you to contact the people you care about most.
Download it here from the Windows Phone Store.
Source : Skype Blog
- increased chat reliability
- increased call notification reliability
- improvements in call reliability to phone numbers
- Fix for occasional missing message preview in the recent conversations list
Skype team also revealed that they are working on known issues like calls keep ringing when answered on a different device, or ended by the caller, video stops when the call is in the background, reading a message on Windows Phone doesn’t mark it as read on other devices, etc,.
Get the updated version now from the Windows Phone Store.
Skype has announced an update for their Windows Phone 8 app designed to improve reliability and stability.
The main change in version 2.5 of the client is to make Messenger notifications for Messenger buddies always-on by default.
Other fixed issues include:
|Stability||Skype crashing on startup for some users who signed in with Microsoft Account|
|Notifications||Message notifications sometimes had contact names separated with 20% instead of space.|
|Calling||Video call button was disabled straight after accepting incoming contact request|
|Video Calling||Full screen local video preview was stretched sometimes|
|Video Calling||Incoming 720p video on portrait mode was zoomed in|
|Audio on HTC 8X||Users on HTC 8X who have not updated their phone to latest firmware will experience muted microphone on audio calls||Update your phone using the in device over the air update capability|
Few hours back, Microsoft Skype released an update for Skype app for Windows Phone 8 devices. The new v2.4 brings in many new features and also enables people hub integration again. Now Skype blog detailed the update with more description.
- Higher quality video calling, and up to 720P on supported devices and depending on network conditions - Using the hardware acceleration capability of Windows Phone 8, this is our first smartphone app to enable free face-to-face video calls in crisp, clear and beautifully lifelike HD. We have significantly improved video calling quality for all users, offering VGA video on lower end handsets and 720P HD on higher-end devices including the Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X and Samsung Ativ S. And the app even intelligently determines the best quality available based on the speed of your connection.
- Video calling in landscape mode - We’ve added landscape mode for calls.
- Camera switching – The ability to switch between front and back cameras for you to chat in the most comfortable way possible.
- Enabled People Hub integration - All of your Skype contacts will be listed in the People Hub (for users with the latest update to Windows Phone 8), making it easy to start conversations on Skype even when you’re not running the app.
- Switch accounts - Many users asked for the ability to switch between accounts, and we’ve added that in this update – just tap on your profile picture and choose “switch accounts” from the menu.
Download it from Windows Phone Store.
Joe Belfiore has been chatty recently, and has confirmed on twitter that People Hub integration for the Skype app is once again on its way.
The app launched with People Hub integration for Windows Phone 8, but this caused all kinds of issues, and was eventually removed in an update.
It is good to hear the return of the app will require an update to the Skype app and not Windows Phone 8, leaving room open for its return at any time, even if Joe can not say exactly when this will be.
Skype launches video messaging service on every platform except Windows. Really Microsoft?: Updated with Skype statement
Skype has just launched a video messaging service, currently available to users in USA and UK, where users can send a video recording to friends who may be offline or on another call.
If you happen to run a non-Microsoft platform and you are located in one of these countries, chances are you can use this new capability right now, as it has been built in and was waiting to be activated in the most recent release of the software.
Embarrassingly, more for the users than Microsoft, Windows and Windows Phone users will not be able to take part in the fun, though Windows users will be able toÂ receiveÂ videos as a link to play on the web.
Skype for Windows Phone has seen an update from version 220.127.116.113 to 18.104.22.168.
There is no changelog associated with the release but one can hope the update will address the many issues with the app. Of note is that it has still not lost its â€œ**THIS IS A PREVIEW RELEASE, EXPERIENCES ARE NOT YET FINAL**â€ warning, suggesting much work still needs to be done.
Check out our recent post hereÂ to see the full list of changes.
Download the update from the Windows Phone Store here.
Have any of our readers noticed any improvements? Let us know below.
We have had reports that a preview version of Skype for Windows Phone 8 is now in the Windows Phone Store.
The app can be found at the same URL as usual is not however without problems, with our tipster telling us that after installing it, Facebook Chat no longer worked, with all contacts being shown as â€œNo one is onlineâ€.
We suggest readers wait for the final version.
Thanks Henry for the tip.
Its amazing what pops up on YouTube some times, such as this detailed demo of the Windows Phone 8 Skype app, which has been completely rewritten for Windows Phone, and now integrates in the OS.
The app will now form part of the contact card, and will allow incoming calls without the app actually running.
The service the app uses will actually support other services, so expect Windows Phone 8 to be much more VOIP friendly in the future.
Update: As expected we were asked to take the video down, but I expect it will be published in about 10 days again