Report: Skype preparing video messaging

Skype's new Metro design
Skype's upcoming Windows 8 app.

A new report states Skype is preparing a new feature for its service that will allow users to leave video messages to one another.

Tom Warren of The Verge claims he has learned the new feature will launch in the coming months, possibly as early as October. Warren states the new video messaging feature will be similar to MMS calls from a cell phone in that users will be able to record and send video to contacts that the recipient will then be able to play the next time he or she logs in.

In addition to the new video messaging feature, the report also states Skype is working on a new design that will be implemented across its range of clients and be similar to the recently leaked Windows 8 Metro app. The Microsoft division is currently testing the new design on all of its applications. Additionally, the new web-based Skype is expected to be integrated in Microsoft's Outlook.com e-mail service before the end of the year, Warren states.

Source: The Verge

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How about they fix the random sign outs on the Android version when it's used on Jellybean or the issues with the WP version before adding new features or revamping the interface.

Are MMS popular? I am asking because the only time I use them is if I need to send a picture or some emoticons and similar stuff with Messenger and it does not happen very often.
I also hope they fix Skipe for WP; on my device is unusable: the voice is unintelligible.

Windows Live Messenger had this + audio messages for the longest time... and in HD! Glad they are bringing this to Skype. Hopefully the bring all the features of WLM into Skype and merge the two.

jasonon said,
video messages are what i've always thought would be a good feature

They have video messages in Windows Live Messenger, looking forward to it coming to Skype will be useful indeed.

jimmyfal said,
Lose Messenger, FIX the Skype crappy interface, and my god have they not had enough time to get Skype on the XBOX?

probably be a feature of the next xbox

jimmyfal said,
Lose Messenger, FIX the Skype crappy interface, and my god have they not had enough time to get Skype on the XBOX?

Skype looks fantastic on Mac, and the new beta you can now login to your "Microsoft Account" and have your contacts in one place, it also links up with iPhone contacts for numbers/texting, and you can also have a simple contact list and open contacts in a separate window (with ability of tabbed chats). Just how it is on Windows Live Messenger.

Guess they just need to finalise the Windows version now.

while all of this has been taking place over so many months i haven't once thought about the existence of windows live messenger? this article just made me think about that

can anyone comment on what microsoft will do with the windows live messenger? i am guessing one is going to go, and my bet is with windows live messenger going if that does happen? will it though? i have no idea so that is why i ask

kevcampbell said,
while all of this has been taking place over so many months i haven't once thought about the existence of windows live messenger? this article just made me think about that

can anyone comment on what microsoft will do with the windows live messenger? i am guessing one is going to go, and my bet is with windows live messenger going if that does happen? will it though? i have no idea so that is why i ask


No one knows for sure, but at the very least it's going to get rebranded since Microsoft is moving away from the Windows Live brand. It's possible Skype could just become Microsoft's catch-all for messaging. Hard to say at this point.

kevcampbell said,
can anyone comment on what microsoft will do with the windows live messenger? i am guessing one is going to go, and my bet is with windows live messenger going if that does happen? will it though? i have no idea so that is why i ask

Nobody knows, though it would be logical to merge the two brands under the brand of Skype Messenger. It doesn't make sense to maintain two separate clients. My only concern is that they'll screw up Skype as badly as they did with Messenger.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Nobody knows, though it would be logical to merge the two brands under the brand of Skype Messenger. It doesn't make sense to maintain two separate clients. My only concern is that they'll screw up Skype as badly as they did with Messenger.

I would say merging is something I would have also thought they would do. Already the Skype beta allows you to integrate your Windows Live/Microsoft contacts, so it wouldn't surprise me if they eventually do dump Windows Live Messenger.