Skype for Windows 8 gets new update

Microsoft has once again updated the Skype app for Windows 8, less than two weeks after it released version 1.6 of the Modern app version of the popular VoIP service. The new update is being issued on the same day that Microsoft begins transitioning its desktop Windows Live Messenger users to Skype.

While the update is indeed available if you manually check via the Windows Store section of Windows 8, the patch notes on the Skype Windows 8 page have not yet been changed, as of this writing. The Skype Garage blog, which normally gives information on what's contained in new version, has also not been updated. When we get more information on what the updated Windows 8 Skype version contains, we will update this news post.

Version 1.6, which was released late on Friday, March 29th, just before the Easter weekend, added more support to block contacts, along with some performance improvements in terms of loading contacts. It also fixed some unnamed bugs. Skype remains one of the most popular free Windows 8 apps. It has been in the top five list of Microsoft's most downloaded free apps from the Windows Store since shortly after it was launched.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Microsoft

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Something is wrong with this update. All of a sudden my Skype (Metro) doesn't connect anymore. Will need to reboot my computer for the first time in over a month

I switched to Skype years ago but I still miss from Messenger:

* Ability to create custom emoticons on the fly.
* Sending offline messages
* XML based chat history files

Don't get me wrong, Skype has other things in its favour but the WinRT version needs quite some improvement like being able to edit messages once they're sent.

Skype's "integration" with contacts still leaves much to be desired. I can link outlook and Skype profiles together in the people hub so they show up on one card, but then in Skype, I have duplicate entries, with the Skype contact listed by user name, which is often different from the person's name. Extremely annoying. Same thing happens on my 8x.

I use Skype on the desktop and like it, though the Metro version is a disaster. When I linked my Skype account with my Microsoft account it only shows me the contacts and details for the account I no longer use, meaning that the Metro version is literally useless to me. It astounds me that Microsoft has failed to implement such rudimentary functionality.

In fact account management for Microsoft services is universally terrible and opaque.

All Microsoft had to do for Skype on Windows 8 was update the messaging hub app. Add support for Skype chat, and sending files and tack on video calling. Problem solved.

Instead they've released another app, that doesn't like to work alongside the existing messaging app, doesn't support what little features messaging hub has, and when you manage to get Skype and messenger up and running on it as part of the cross over, you're looking at a screen full of duplicate contacts with no way to merge them or tell them apart.

It's full on retarded.

Actually, I'd say they have quite a lot more to do. Off the top of my head I'd like to see:
- account management merged with my MS account so I can pay for Skype credit off the same card that's linked to the Store
- Allow me to decide what images to use for Skype contacts (as opposed to forcing the image the contact has chosen on me)
- If I call someone from my HTPC, skype starts ringing on my Surface and about 10 minutes later it starts ringing on my Windows Phone. Fix this.
- If a call has been answered on one device another device shouldn't start ringing minutes later.
- Fix the People hub (W8 and WP8) so I can call landline numbers using Skype.

There are loads of other problems that need to be fixed with Skype and it's going to take them a long time before everyone is satisfied.

I agree with everything! Especially with regards to payment. I have an American Express card and use it for everything and only use my debit card in those rare cases I go somewhere or purchase something online where Amex isn't accepted. I always hated that I couldn't use my Amex with Skype, and even when Microsoft took over, they still wouldn't accept it! And I don't want to have to use PayPal to pay for Skype with my Amex. The sooner they fully integrate Microsoft Account and Billing, the better!

Still not on par with WLM unfortunately I really don't want to switch yet.
- No integration with Microsoft Account connected services like every other Microsoft service/product has.
- No contact linking (shows many duplicate contacts)
- No instant picture/video sharing

It still does not feel like it's truly part of the Microsoft ecosystem.

Agreed.
I swapped out WLM for Skype a long time ago but i see what you're saying. It has a long way to go before it falls nicely in to the ecosystem but it's heading that way quite well.

j2006 said,
Still not on par with WLM unfortunately I really don't want to switch yet.
- No integration with Microsoft Account connected services like every other Microsoft service/product has.
- No contact linking (shows many duplicate contacts)
- No instant picture/video sharing

It still does not feel like it's truly part of the Microsoft ecosystem.


The contact linking thing is weird, you can merge Outlook and Skype contacts together on people.live.com, but they remain separate when you use Skype. Huh?

I don't miss instant picture sharing. Messenger was horrible at it, the picture would take forever to transfer, even uploading the pic to imgur would be faster -____-

That's because of how they did it. It was probably a P2P transfer over some even slower messenger protocol. It's not like they can't use a SkyDrive or Azure backend to host temporary uploads and then when the upload to the high download speed server is done, the other user's client will automatically download and show it in the client from there.