Microsoft updates Skype for Windows Phone, including Cortana integration

After launching an all-new version of Skype for iPhone earlier this month, Microsoft today announced a range of improvements and enhancements for the Skype app on Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. 

The most exciting new feature is one exclusively available to those who have upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1. Users will now be able to use Cortana to launch video and voice calls by saying something to the digital assistant like "Skype, get Dad on the screen". 

That's not the only addition in the latest update though. Microsoft has expanded language support in the app too, from 19 to 51 languages. The company also says that it has improved its push notifications, along with added notifications in the Action Center on Windows Phone 8.1. 

Finally, users will now be able to edit the last message they sent - apparently, this was a widely requested feature among Skype users on Windows Phone. 

This latest update brings the version number of the app up to 2.19, and it can be downloaded now via the Windows Phone Store.

Source: Microsoft 

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I don't see any difference. It's still crap. I am not happy with WP 8.1 at all, and all they had to do to make me happy is not screw with the messaging app the way it was.

I don't understand the use case for editing instant messages. They're 'instant' -- i.e. meant to be viewed instantly. If you need to correct something, another IM is sufficient, no?

scumdogmillionaire said,
I don't understand the use case for editing instant messages. They're 'instant' -- i.e. meant to be viewed instantly. If you need to correct something, another IM is sufficient, no?

I use it all the time. Sometimes you misspelled a word or missed a word typing too fast, etc. I prefer to be able to edit a message and keep my conversation clean rather than litter up the chat with duplicate messages because I messed up something small...

Nice installing now. Hope we gave some perf improvements especially on resume and chat history sync (it works but sometimes takes a while).

I don't know if it's just me, but resuming actually seems even slower to me. :( But that happens with some other apps too since 8.1. Also, they updated the small tile to have a huge Skype icon, looks weird.

Sas Center said,
I don't know if it's just me, but resuming actually seems even slower to me. :( But that happens with some other apps too since 8.1. Also, they updated the small tile to have a huge Skype icon, looks weird.

I don't see any difference tbh. I was hoping fir big things after the fb beta app facelift and perf improvements but hey ho lets see what comes once 8.1 + firmware is out and about fully.