Microsoft updates Skype for Windows Phone, finally lets you share photos

It's been around six weeks since Skype last got an update on Windows Phone, which introduced Cortana integration for WP8.1 users, allowing them to launch voice and video calls simply by asking the digital assistant. Today, the company is rolling out version 2.21 of the app, bringing a range of small but welcome improvements. 

The most significant addition is one that many users have been expecting for some time. At long last, users will now be able to send and receive photos within the app, although only with contacts who use an iPhone (with version 5.0 of the app or above) or a Windows Phone 8.x device. 

"When you share photos to your contacts who use other platforms," Microsoft explains, "they may receive a URL link to open the pictures. This is the first step: we're working hard to build this new photo sharing experience across all of our platforms, so look out for more improvements over the coming months." 

The update also allows you to scroll up in a conversation view to see more of your chat history, as well as using text mark-up - such as asterisks either side of text to make it bold, or underscores at either side to make it italic. 

Along with being able to add a contact to your favorites from within a conversation, the app also brings a range of unspecified 'performance improvements'. 

Source: Microsoft

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19 Comments

Is this update going to affect the entire ecosystem? I work with people with whom I skype to on their XBox Ones via group calls and for now we are using shared folders via One Drive. Being able to send pictures through the Skype app on Xbox One would be great.

I'm assuming so since the Windows 8.1 version has been updated too. Since Xbox uses the same as the Windows version, should be good.

Android on the otherhand still doesn't have it. So this only works between Skype on Windows and iOS.

-adrian- said,
Not even the file picker :o
Eh? It has one. Though, resuming after picking the pic and no confirmation is a bit off imo.

-adrian- said,
Well it is just restricted on the picture hub so not really
That awkward moment when you realize this article is about sharing photos.

MrHumpty said,
That awkward moment when you realize this article is about sharing photos.

that awkward moment when you realize that sending a picture and sending a .xls document is not really so much of a difference. but hey.. if you are happy to send picture.. go ahead and be happy you can send pictures

Still not enough. Skype should be leading the way not catching up to other apps that haven't even been around half as long.

Error1 said,
Still not enough. Skype should be leading the way not catching up to other apps that haven't even been around half as long.

I have to agree.
Skype is already pretty big, but could be so much bigger among mobile users if the team keeps pushing Skype to its fullest potential.

Error1 said,
Still not enough. Skype should be leading the way not catching up to other apps that haven't even been around half as long.

Is Skype not the biggest blunder for Microsoft Apps right now? My goodness... Get. It. Together...

Exactly. Hell it doesn't even offer the same amount of Status options as their own Desktop client...no dark theme..no voice messages etc etc.

It easily beats Xbox Music for the worst Microsoft App on Windows Phone.

Walrush said,
Exactly. Hell it doesn't even offer the same amount of Status options as their own Desktop client...no dark theme..no voice messages etc etc.

It easily beats Xbox Music for the worst Microsoft App on Windows Phone.

That says something because I really dont like Music on my WP... =) But Skype has to be worse... Even their Podcast app with only half the podcasts I listen to available, its still better than Skype.

Still not enough. Skype should be leading the way not catching up to other apps that haven't even been around half as long.

Does anybody know if they are going to add the ability to log in to the Windows Phone mobile app with a Skype account or is it going to be a Microsoft account only going forward?

Well this is really sad. They bought this application for 8,5 BILLION and it doesn't let you send photo's on WP? I just laughed out loud.

sending photos (offline) wasn't a feature on Skype, the other person have to accept the photo you send at first, this is slow process specially nowadays. they are building this new feature and will roll out to other platforms on next few months. so windows phone is getting this earlier!

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