Skype for Windows 8 updated; users can now trade files and photos

The Skype app for Windows 8 has received its share of criticism from users who have felt that the app has lacked many of the features that other ports of the VoIP software have had access to for years. This week, the Skype app got a new update via the Windows Store that finally adds a long requested feature.

That feature is the ability for its users to transfer photos and other files to other Skype owners. That means people who are engaging in text, voice or video chats can finally share photos, documents and other files without having to go to another app. It should be a big help for Windows 8 owners who regularly use the Skype app for long distance collaboration and projects, or if they just want to show off the latest cute cat/memes with friends.

The change notes for the Skype app also indicate that there have been some unnamed performance improvements as well as some bug fixes in this new version. Let's hope we continue to get some new features in future updates, particularly the new video messaging feature that recently entered into a beta for other Skype ports. The Windows versions will reportedly get the video messaging feature in late April.

Source: Skype in Windows Store | Image via Microsoft

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Glad that update is here, however the send files is "greyed out"... Do all parties have to be using the Win8 App version? Can't mix with desktop users?

I had to drop the modern version for the desktop version due to the modern version dropping messages(both MSN and fb), difficulty in managing multiple conversations at the same time, having to remember to start it up every time I boot my computer, etc. Any of these things been fixed?

NXTwoThou said,
I had to drop the modern version for the desktop version due to the modern version dropping messages(both MSN and fb), difficulty in managing multiple conversations at the same time, having to remember to start it up every time I boot my computer, etc. Any of these things been fixed?

It runs a daemon at boot and as of the latest updates I haven't experienced any message drops so give it another shot!

I don't think it'll ever be available due to the windows 8 app restrictions. You can see other people screen sharing with you, but not screenshare yourself.

link6155 said,
I don't think it'll ever be available due to the windows 8 app restrictions. You can see other people screen sharing with you, but not screenshare yourself.

This becoming a running theme for Metro, functionality that isn't possible

Are you sure it's an actual Windows 8 app restriction or just something not yet implemented in the Modern app?

Obry said,
Are you sure it's an actual Windows 8 app restriction or just something not yet implemented in the Modern app?

There is no "restriction" so to speak because WinRT apps can technically access the Win32 API set as well however there is no API as of yet (well not to my knowledge at least) in WinRT which allows for screen sharing which I guess is more or less a security thing. We must remember WinRT is new and will continue to evolve, right now even the guys at Microsoft are still learning to use it.

Alex could you tell me what other functionality isn't available in metro apps? Believe me the functionality is there but with all new dev platforms it takes a while for people to get on board because porting to a new framework/API/IDE-tools/system of app dev/publish doesn't happen overnight especially when you are having to make two lots of code for the same platform (Desktop and metro). The only thing really limiting metro at the moment is lazy app devs!

tkaw220 said,
Is screen share feature available in Skype for Windows 8 version?

Define "Windows 8 version"

Are you talking about the Windows 8 desktop application? or the Windows Store app?

Screen sharing is there for the desktop application. Not for the Windows Store app.

tkaw220 said,
According to Skype.com, The metro-style Skype named "Skype for Windows 8"; desktop variant called "Windows Desktop".

I hate that even Microsoft and their affiliates can't get the terminology correct.

If it's Skype for Windows 8... how come I'm running it on my Windows RT tablet? That question isnt for you, it's for Skype.

I hated SKYPE before MS got their hands on it. I have Skype on my SGN2 and I use it for Video Calls to my brother which is free.

I really hope the desktop app continues to get updates, while updates keep coming I have yet to see any real changes. Seeing as MSN is due to be retired in about a month it really needs to step up as an IM client. Especially the Mobile Version. I'm part of an active group chat and when I log into Skype on my phone it downloads every message the chat has said since I last signed on, it can literally take minutes on Wi-Fi to do this, even longer on a Data Connection. Unless there is a setting to stop this?

I think Skype just needs a revamp, maybe a UI change. It doesn't feel as polished for IM'ing as MSN was.

There's no doubt MSN was the **** but times change I guess. I know it sometimes feels like 1 step forward 2 steps back but I'm hoping that now they won't have to manage both services they can direct more resources into the Skype division- which has exploded mind you. Tight Skype integration amongst all platforms seems to be their main goal at the moment and once they've got that down then they will probably continue refining the Windows Desktop version. Also keep in mind that the Skype team are probably maxed out at the moment so don't expect anything too soon!

Come on people... I used MSN for atleast 10 years. But desktop Skype is just better now. MSN turned in to a bloated mess in the end. Skype calls/video quality are better, chat is better, sending files is better, it's easier to use and setup things (cam/mic), it even looks nicer and cleaner with the recent Metro-ish update.

1Pixel said,
Come on people... I used MSN for atleast 10 years. But desktop Skype is just better now. MSN turned in to a bloated mess in the end. Skype calls/video quality are better, chat is better, sending files is better, it's easier to use and setup things (cam/mic), it even looks nicer and cleaner with the recent Metro-ish update.

Everybody hated MSN, AIM and YIM for years, swearing by third-party apps like Trillian, Digsby, and Miranda. Suddenly MSN is retired for Skype and it's all sob-stories about the epic client lost to bureaucracy. People can't make up their damn minds.

Here's a hint to anyone who thinks they loved MSN: No you didn't. You loved what was left after hacking it apart with A-Patch. Yeah, welcome back to reality. Howdy.