Skype built new Windows Phone 8 app from scratch

While the Skype port made for Windows Phone 8 got a leaked video presentation earlier in October, Microsoft and Skype have now formally revealed its plans to launch its popular VoIP client for Windows Phone 8.

In a post on the official Skype blog, the team says that the Windows Phone 8 app is not a redesign of its previously released app for Windows Phone 7.5 but "a completely new app from the ground up to be an important part of the Windows Phone experience."

Of course, this new Skype client can both send and receive voice, text and video messages. However, Skype says, "For the first time, incoming Skype calls arrive using the familiar incoming call screen from Windows Phone. We have also included useful new features such as call waiting, so switching between a Skype call and a regular mobile call is fast and easy."

The new version of Live Tiles for Windows Phone 8 can be resized and the Skype live tiles will show unread messages no matter what the size of the tile might be. In fact, the blog says, " ... with the largest size tile we show you a preview of the last message you received."

Skype notifications can also be added to the lock screen in Windows Phone 8, letting users quickly see what messages they have missed without going into the app itself. So far, the new version of Skype has yet to be released to the Windows Phone Store.

Source: Skype blog

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This just shows the ability of the new OS and the new APIs. We'll get all the technical details today when BUILD starts for sure but I don't see why this type of deep integration is limited to Skype only for example. I think any 3rd party VoIP client/service can integrate to this level etc.

GP007 said,
This just shows the ability of the new OS and the new APIs. We'll get all the technical details today when BUILD starts for sure but I don't see why this type of deep integration is limited to Skype only for example. I think any 3rd party VoIP client/service can integrate to this level etc.

It isn't.. Joe specifically spend some time on this topic mentioning that third party apps can do the same

rfirth said,

It's a shame Neowin doesn't allow us to report errors in articles anymore.

They do. Just put your mouse pointer over the name of the author.

rfirth said,

It's a shame Neowin doesn't allow us to report errors in articles anymore.

It does, move your mouse to the author's name just under the article headline.

Off topic, but what I hate in windows 8 is when you have both the full-screen and desktop versions Skype installed, if you answer a call on one, the other version continues to ring unless you reject the call. You'd think they would be linked.

Shiranui said,
Off topic, but what I hate in windows 8 is when you have both the full-screen and desktop versions Skype installed, if you answer a call on one, the other version continues to ring unless you reject the call. You'd think they would be linked.

THIS!! YES! That is one annoyance that I have had, I have to keep clicking on the x to stop it ringing in the metro version, same goes for what messages you've viewed.

"Microsoft and Skype have now formally revealed its plans" you mean their plans? Unless you've actually gotten wind of the fact that Microsoft now owns Skype.

Breach said,
"Microsoft and Skype have now formally revealed its plans" you mean their plans? Unless you've actually gotten wind of the fact that Microsoft now owns Skype.

Are you joking? Microsoft bought Skype like 2 years ago for over $8 billion.

Breach said,
"Microsoft and Skype have now formally revealed its plans" you mean their plans? Unless you've actually gotten wind of the fact that Microsoft now owns Skype.

I love posts like yours

Avatar Roku said,

Are you joking? Microsoft bought Skype like 2 years ago for over $8 billion.

I am aware - the author isn't apparently. Or he is in which case he has issues with English grammar.