Skype for Windows 8 gets new update to version 1.6 [Update]

A month ago, Microsoft updated the Skype app for Windows 8 adding the ability for the VoIP app to transfer photos and other files to other Skype owners. Today, the Skype app received another update from the Windows Store, bringing the version number up to 1.6.

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. When we get more information on what the 1.6 version contains, we will update this news post.

The Skype Windows 8 update comes on the tail end of a busy week for Microsoft's in-house team of app developers. Microsoft pushed out updates for their official Windows 8 Mail, Calendar and People apps earlier this week with a number of new features. It also updated the Xbox Games app, along with the free Solitaire, Mahjong and Minesweeper games. The Xbox Video and Xbox Music  Windows 8 apps got new versions as well. Left out in the cold, at least for now, are the Bing developed Maps, News, Finance, Sports and Travel Windows 8 apps.

Update: The Skype Garage blog has posted word that the Windows 8 1.6 update adds some more support to block contacts. It states:

To block a contact, select the person’s name to open up the chat window. Bring up the command bar by swiping at the top or bottom of your screen (or right click), and select block. You may also choose whether you want to remove or report the contact request as spam.

The update should also load contacts faster than before and fixes some bugs.

Source: Windows Store | Image via Microsoft
Via: Windows4Live

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I might give this a try, I stopped using the win8 skype as I couldnt send pictures and it was just so awkward and clunky to use compared to the skype for desktop version.
Hopefully this one is better.

also, sometimes it would close itself in the middle of a call whilst gaming. Quite a lot actually.
The desktop version never did that.

They seriously need to add all the missing Messenger features if they want people to switch by the deadline.

For example, these are still missing:
- Integration with Microsoft account connected services (example Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter). If you login to any MS service, contacts from all those services are there. But with Skype, they're not.
- Instant picture/video sharing
- Contact linking (in Messenger, contacts are not duplicated... in Skype they are)
- More status options (Away, Busy, Do Not Disturb)

This is honestly the first Skype version (well, of the WinRT-based releases) that has actually been usable for me so far.

PoohGQ said,
I wonder when they'll include my FB contacts since I can do that with WLM...!!?

Does the FB video chat feature use Skype or something FB made? I figure they'll add FB supportbut they'll want you to at least be able to make video calls.

PoohGQ said,
I wonder when they'll include my FB contacts since I can do that with WLM...!!?
They probably won't since there's already the messaging app on Windows 8 that has your facebook contacts.

I believe they'll do something about that as Messaging app uses the WLM backend. Skype is supposed to replace this entirely.. I'm still confused why MS didn't include Skype tech in WLM instead of the other way around!!!

As default though, I don't want all my contacts showing up every time I re-launch the application. It should just default back to contacts available automatically.

does this mean people logged in with WLM account can now send files to those logged in with Regular Skype Accounts?

(before the plus icon was greyed out/ not clickable).

There's no way to force the Store app to check for updates, unlike in Windows 8. Either the updates show on the live tile or you have to manually go to the page of the app to update it.

The only setting you have in the Store Settings charm is to "automatically download updates", not auto-install. So, when it checks (maybe once every day or two), if it finds an update, it'll download it, and then show you a number on your Store tile. You can then start the installation procedure by going into the Store, clicking Update, etc. And you can manually check for updates within the Store, by using the Store Settings Charm, then App updates, then Check for updates.

Windows Blue will supposedly add an option to "auto-install", so, when that arrives, the user can set it to (it'll probably be set to Yes by default), so then the user never needs to intervene to get updated apps.

Soon.

PUC_Snakeman said,
The only setting you have in the Store Settings charm is to "automatically download updates", not auto-install. So, when it checks (maybe once every day or two), if it finds an update, it'll download it, and then show you a number on your Store tile. You can then start the installation procedure by going into the Store, clicking Update, etc. And you can manually check for updates within the Store, by using the Store Settings Charm, then App updates, then Check for updates.

Windows Blue will supposedly add an option to "auto-install", so, when that arrives, the user can set it to (it'll probably be set to Yes by default), so then the user never needs to intervene to get updated apps.

Soon.


I made a reply below before I read your post. If what you say is true, great. I don't think I would have continued to update these apps.

I can't wait for Windows Blue, as the standard way that apps update in Windows 8 is a disaster. The vast majority of the time I have to manually search for updates to find and install them, which seems bizarre. That's despite everything being set to auto-update. Steam handles updates in a MUCH better way.

theyarecomingforyou said,
The vast majority of the time I have to manually search for updates to find and install them, which seems bizarre.

It doesn't constantly check for updates... only occasionally. If you're patient, it will notify you.


That's despite everything being set to auto-update.

Nope. That's not a thing in Windows 8. It's set to auto-download, not auto-update. But auto-update is the default in Blue. But perhaps you know that. But the auto-download feature doesn't increase the check-for-update interval.

rfirth said,
Nope. That's not a thing in Windows 8. It's set to auto-download, not auto-update. But auto-update is the default in Blue. But perhaps you know that. But the auto-download feature doesn't increase the check-for-update interval.

It's bizarre that Microsoft omitted such a basic feature in Windows 8, especially given that it goes to the effort of checking occasionally.

theyarecomingforyou said,

It's bizarre that Microsoft omitted such a basic feature in Windows 8, especially given that it goes to the effort of checking occasionally.

In a workplace environment, you don't want things auto updating. Which is why I'm sure it's that way.

Dot Matrix said,

In a workplace environment, you don't want things auto updating. Which is why I'm sure it's that way.

I would prefer a simple menu with options... Regrettably it seems that nowadays options are not "cool".

Dot Matrix said,

In a workplace environment, you don't want things auto updating. Which is why I'm sure it's that way.

If that was the reason MS wouldn't have enabled auto update as the default setting in Blue.

The real reason is they didn't have enough time to put it in to Win 8. The same reason the PC Settings screen now has a ton of new options in Blue, MS didn't have the time for all this originally. Work places can turn auto update off if they want.

Dot Matrix said,
In a workplace environment, you don't want things auto updating. Which is why I'm sure it's that way.

Nonsense. Metro apps are targeted at consumers, where auto-updates are expected. Businesses are already able to configure update policies using Group Policy and if that functionality is missing for Metro apps then that's entirely Microsoft's fault.