Microsoft releases new version of Skype for Windows Phone 8

Microsoft continues to add new features to its many versions of Skype and today the Windows Phone 8 port of the VoIP app gets a new update via the Windows Phone Store. It brings the version number for the app up to 2.13.

In a post on the Skype blog, Microsoft says that the new Windows Phone 8 Skype app adds a feature that many IM users have been waiting on for a while: the ability to copy and paste chat messages. Microsoft says, "You can now press and hold an IM message, select copy and paste it to where you need it."

The new version also is supposed to speed up the load time when users start the Skype app from the Windows Phone live tile. Finally, the app now has a high contrast mode which is enabled when a Windows Phone display is also set to high contrast.

Microsoft recently announced it has stopped supporting the Windows Phone 7 Skype app in favor of developing the current Windows Phone 8 version. Microsoft's Skype product manager Jeff Kunins hinted in a recent interview that the company also has "a lot of fun things" planned for the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 version of Skype, which is expected to be released sometime in 2014.

Source: Skype blog | Image via Microsoft

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warwagon said,
Hmm... It looks like it was Made for iOS7

This is sarcasm, right? Did you miss everyone talking about how Apple was ripping off Windows phone with IOS7 or did that fly right over your head?

warwagon said,
Hmm... It looks like it was Made for iOS7

I think it's the other way around. The iOS7 version looks like a windows phone app. This design language is distinctly Skype+Microsoft.

Skype feels like IE7. Just clunky and not in touch with the times. I still miss Messenger which, after adjusting a few settings, allowed a simple clear format, with options which were pretty clearly laid out.

Totally agree. Messenger was ahead of the game. It worked seamlessly across phone, web and PC. Skype feels like a major downgrade. I was hoping with the Skype acquisition they would make it on par and truly integrated like Messenger was, but this is just silly.

j2006 said,
Totally agree. Messenger was ahead of the game. It worked seamlessly across phone, web and PC. Skype feels like a major downgrade. I was hoping with the Skype acquisition they would make it on par and truly integrated like Messenger was, but this is just silly.

yeah, it's sad. Especially how this leaves the messaging hub on Windows Phone in the dust. Messenger was ahead of the game in terms of features, but it was also losing popularity with a bloated client and a lack of presence on mobile platforms, but Skype seems to be worse.

j2006 said,
Totally agree. Messenger was ahead of the game. It worked seamlessly across phone, web and PC. Skype feels like a major downgrade. I was hoping with the Skype acquisition they would make it on par and truly integrated like Messenger was, but this is just silly.

FalseAgent said,

yeah, it's sad. Especially how this leaves the messaging hub on Windows Phone in the dust. Messenger was ahead of the game in terms of features, but it was also losing popularity with a bloated client and a lack of presence on mobile platforms, but Skype seems to be worse.

I couldn't agree more with both of you. I really thought Microsoft was smart enough to know they should have integrated Skype accounts into the Messenger backend, then rebranded Messenger (as it was) as Skype. That would have at least preserved the better technology, while former Skype users would still be able to take advantage of voice and video calling as Messenger supported both. And it did them far more reliably than Skype.

Also, the Windows 8.1 APP version does not let you accept Voice messages. People leave messages all the time and you have to open the desktop version to hear them. Just stupid...

I want the ability to log out. sometimes i get calls on Skype desktop, skype app on windows 8.1 and skype for WP8 on the same time. The latter can't let you log out

azzou said,
I want the ability to log out. sometimes i get calls on Skype desktop, skype app on windows 8.1 and skype for WP8 on the same time. The latter can't let you log out
you can log out on wp... tap on your picture.

Can't log out on 8.1 if you are signed in using a live account. I had to uninstall the metro app and go back to using the desktop version...

I agree, its very annoying. integration is fine, but I need to be able to log out of Skype when I want to. Ive set up skype forwarding calls, and I sometimes lose calls because people hang up before reaching my voicemail. Problem would be solved if I can logout.

azzou said,
I want the ability to log out. sometimes i get calls on Skype desktop, skype app on windows 8.1 and skype for WP8 on the same time. The latter can't let you log out

tap your avatar > app bar > sign out. It's there.

my main beef with Skype on all of Microsoft platforms is that they still don't get proper UI design. It's like Skype was designed by a person who just threw all the parts of a UI together and called it done without brothering to make it logical. So instead of following the examples of well designed wp/and win8 apps, Skype just does its thing and ends up failing instead of coming out as clever.