Skype for Windows 8 gets new update

Yes, we know; it's another news post related to Skype. Microsoft's VoIP division has been busy today, launching a new Android version for tablets as well as announcing that it will offer Skype pre-paid gift cards for sale.

Owners of Windows 8 also will have noticed today that Skype has a new version available to download from the Windows Store. The notes for the update state that one of the new features in the app is being able to make calls to your Skype messenger contacts. However, WPCentral.com reports that this feature requires an installation of a separate plug-in that basically launches a Skype call window on top of the messenger.

The new version also allows users to search for people and groups, something we are sure will be used a lot by folks who have extensive Skype contact lists. Microsoft says that the new Windows 8 version also has improved video call performance, along with some unnamed bug fixes.

This will likely be the first of many updates for the Windows 8 Skype client as Microsoft plans to further integrate the software with many of its software and hardware products in the months to come.

Thanks to Thewindows8user for the tip!

Source: Windows Store website | Image via Microsoft

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thealexweb said,
Screen sharing? File sharing? The metro version is a joke compared to the desktop version.

It looks like they're obviously working quickly to enhance the app. Would rather have the basics than nothing for a long time.

spudtrooper said,

It looks like they're obviously working quickly to enhance the app. Would rather have the basics than nothing for a long time.

Absolutely.

Suggest to not run the Skype desktop app with the Modern UI app at the same time. If you're in a call, it seems to cut out after a couple of minutes.

Push notifications are still broken for me.... the notifications in the skype app are far too unreliable still (works maybe 50% of the time).... was hoping this update would have improved on that.

ingramator said,
Please tell me they made it in sync with the desktop skype version, ie when you pick up a call it registers on both?

Why?

ingramator said,
Please tell me they made it in sync with the desktop skype version, ie when you pick up a call it registers on both?

It looks like it does. I just tried it. It was SUPER stupid that it didn't before.

ingramator said,
Please tell me they made it in sync with the desktop skype version, ie when you pick up a call it registers on both?

Yes, that was incredibly annoying!

An annoying thing is the Snap View is incomplete. If you are in a conversation with the app snapped at 1/3, and then want to choose a different contact, the app just displays the Skype logo, and you have to switch into 2/3 mode to see your contact list. The default Messaging app handles this fine.

Marcus16 said,
That is my biggest annoyance too. It should show the contact list or something. Not just the logo.

Open charms bar, click settings, select feedback and let them know!

Possession said,
An annoying thing is the Snap View is incomplete. If you are in a conversation with the app snapped at 1/3, and then want to choose a different contact, the app just displays the Skype logo, and you have to switch into 2/3 mode to see your contact list. The default Messaging app handles this fine.

I may be slightly off on this, but don't the guidelines for acceptable app submissions require functionality when snapped?

spudtrooper said,

Open charms bar, click settings, select feedback and let them know!

Well, nvm lol.. they don't implement that, do a review instead

Joshie said,

I may be slightly off on this, but don't the guidelines for acceptable app submissions require functionality when snapped?

Apparently they do not.


Your app must support a snapped layout. In landscape orientation, your app's functions must be fully accessible when the app's display size is 1024 x 768.

Nobody cares about the small snap view. :<

Possession said,
An annoying thing is the Snap View is incomplete. If you are in a conversation with the app snapped at 1/3, and then want to choose a different contact, the app just displays the Skype logo, and you have to switch into 2/3 mode to see your contact list. The default Messaging app handles this fine.

I know! Odd isn't it? A major oversight in my mind but hopefully something that will fixed.