Skype 1.2 for Windows Phone released

The Skype app for Windows Phone has received a minor upgrade this week. The official Skype Garage blog has announced that the 1.2 version of the Internet phone app is now available to download on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

The blog lists a couple of minor improvements in the 1.2 version, including "All phonebook contacts with at least one number are shown in Skype contact list" and "Ability to edit phone number in dial-pad before calling." There are also some other bug fixes in this new release.

The blog post also has a list of known remaining issues with Skype on Windows Phone. That includes the current limitation that won't allow Skype to work on Windows Phone devices with 256 MB of memory. Nokia tried and failed to get Skype to work on their Lumia 610 device.

Today during their Windows Phone 8 developer summit, Microsoft announced there would be lots of improvements for Skype, including being able to run in the background. It should also integrate with other built-in features of Windows Phone 8 products. Hopefully Microsoft will also be able to solve the memory issues of the current Skype version sometime in the near future.

Source: Skype Garage blog

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SubZenit said,
They added support for background?! Any changelog links or something?!

Not in this release, background will most probably not arrive until WP8.

erikpienk said,
it is not available to update!

It needs to propagate. Why do we need to go through this with every single app update every time? If it is not showing for you yet, check back.

In Windows Phone 8, I'd like the ability to have Skype to run at startup... you know what I mean? Not only do I want it running in the background, I want it still running in the background when I restart the phone. It should be invisible, just like you don't have to start the cellular radio in your phone.

rfirth said,
In Windows Phone 8, I'd like the ability to have Skype to run at startup... you know what I mean? Not only do I want it running in the background, I want it still running in the background when I restart the phone. It should be invisible, just like you don't have to start the cellular radio in your phone.

I imagine it would work like the Facebook/messenger chat system where you can choose to be Online or offline and it sticks when you reboot.

rfirth said,
In Windows Phone 8, I'd like the ability to have Skype to run at startup... you know what I mean? Not only do I want it running in the background, I want it still running in the background when I restart the phone. It should be invisible, just like you don't have to start the cellular radio in your phone.

They said Skype is deeply integrated into the OS and Skype calls look just like cellular calls.

mrp04 said,

They said Skype is deeply integrated into the OS and Skype calls look just like cellular calls.

correct me if i'm wrong, but..
i think voip is deeply integrated, not skype. so we'll probably still see skype as an app, and not a part of the os like messenger

Sas Center said,

correct me if i'm wrong, but..
i think voip is deeply integrated, not skype. so we'll probably still see skype as an app, and not a part of the os like messenger

Exactly. That was my concern. However, I expect that they have added call push notifications that trigger the incoming call UI. Accepting the call would simply open the Skype app, of course directly to the call.

If this is how it's done, then all voip apps will work equally well. No bias towards Skype just because it's owned by Microsoft. This will make the EU very happy.

Edited by rfirth, Jun 21 2012, 4:13am :

Fritzly said,

And users as well.......... or not?

It should make end users very happy too. If you prefer a different VoIP service, you can use that and it will be equally well integrated with the OS.

rfirth said,
This will make the EU very happy.

FaceTime is an integral part of iOS and OS X, the EU has no objections with that. Considering Windows Phone has nowhere near the marketshare of iOS why would they suddenly have an issue with Microsoft?

.Neo said,

FaceTime is an integral part of iOS and OS X, the EU has no objections with that. Considering Windows Phone has nowhere near the marketshare of iOS why would they suddenly have an issue with Microsoft?

simply because it's Microsoft?

rfirth said,

It should make end users very happy too. If you prefer a different VoIP service, you can use that and it will be equally well integrated with the OS.

Exactly, choice is the golden rule of the game. Btw thanks to the EU if you buy any electronic device in Europe it will be covered by two years warranty not just one as in the US; that is why I usually by them there.

Salem874 said,

simply because it's Microsoft?

Note really: Apple tried to force people in Europe to pay for any repair on their products after twelve month from purchase date. The EU stepped in and now Apple abide to two years mandatory warranty for electronic devices.

Gaffney said,

I imagine it would work like the Facebook/messenger chat system where you can choose to be Online or offline and it sticks when you reboot.

More than likely. That would be very useful I think to a lot of people.