Skype for Windows Phone 8 gets minor update

Microsoft is still calling the version of Skype made for Windows Phone 8 a "preview" version; however, that isn't stopping the company from offering new updates to the port. Today, a new 2.1 version was made available for download from the Windows Phone Store, making it the first update since the preview version was first released in November.

The official Skype blog has the change list of what's been added and fixed in this new build. It has a new version of the app's chat keyboard that Microsoft says has improvements in auto-correct and auto-complete. This new version also allows users to put in toast notifications for any Windows Live Messenger buddies they might want to chat with on Skype. Those buddies are now labeled on the Skype People list.

Microsoft says this version also has a number of improvements for call reliability, along with corrected links to webpages and improvements to chat messages. However, the release notes also stated that Skype's People Hub integration has been temporarily disabled in this new version. Microsoft said the reason was that it was making the app unstable. It added, "We are working with the Windows Phone team to resolve the issue and to enable the integration again in a future release."

Source: Skype blog | Image via Microsoft

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Man, people love to hate Microsoft. What is a notification center and why would I need or even want that? I had an LG Quantum (WP7) and I still love it. I love my newer Lumia 920 even more. If only companies would treat it as an actual smartphone OS. It always seems when I see a tv commercial saying to download the app, it never includes windows phone.

Live Tiles are great, but a notification center still offers a centralized hub to see any toast notifications you might have not seen, see all new notifications in one look rather than having to scroll around to see each Live Tile, be able to configure notification settings for all apps in one place, etc.

I already am aware, at least on Neowin, that current Windows Phone users are not too annoyed about the lack of a notification center, but it is a nice option for those that want something more centralized for notifications than the current Live Tile and notification system that's in place.

Quikboy said,
Live Tiles are great, but a notification center still offers a centralized hub to see any toast notifications you might have not seen, see all new notifications in one look rather than having to scroll around to see each Live Tile, be able to configure notification settings for all apps in one place, etc.

I already am aware, at least on Neowin, that current Windows Phone users are not too annoyed about the lack of a notification center, but it is a nice option for those that want something more centralized for notifications than the current Live Tile and notification system that's in place.

Agreed. A central Notification Center would be nice, and Microsoft stated that they had wanted to get it into the first release of WP8, so it's on the way, it just wasn't finished yet.

I honestly still don't see the use. I don't have to scroll around to see my live tiles that give me notifications. With WP8, I don't even have to unlock my phone to see them, I have them pinned to notify in my lock screen. I'm sure it's useful to some, and i'm all for having more choices, but I just don't think it's really a big deal that it's not there since I would never use it anyway.

M_Lyons10 said,
Agreed. A central Notification Center would be nice, and Microsoft stated that they had wanted to get it into the first release of WP8, so it's on the way, it just wasn't finished yet.

I wouldn't be surprised if we saw it in the first major update which is timed for the first half of this year after the portico update that is in line to be released sometime towards the end of January/February.

Lol. That's basically what I said. A stronger notification center would be great for people that are really into it, though it's not too big a deal for most users that chose to get a Windows Phone anyway. I was just merely offering my 2 cents on why some people may want a more specific notifications center.

Oh goody an update on skype. It is disappointing to see Skype suck on my Lumia 920. I hope the best version of it rolls out on WP8 asap.

Dot Matrix said,
I still enjoy Windows Phone over the other guys any day. I'll be getting a Nokia at the end of the month, and can't wait.

I still enjoy Windows Phone and it is my preferred platform, but MS forced me to skip Windows Phone for a while with the way they treated WP7 users.

I own a Dell Venue Pro, Nokia Lumia 800, and Nokia Lumia 900. I recently switched to the Galaxy SIII as my daily driver. My first Android device (actually my first non MS Smartphone ever, as I started with Windows Mobile 5 in 2006).

korupt_one said,
you guys grow up and quit being babies over the WP7 stuff. Have fun with updates on your Galaxy from Samsung.

I'm getting more updates on that than I am from Microsoft on my 900

It officially has the latest official Android release from Samsung, but that isn't important as I'm running CyanogenMod 10. So I'll be getting updates for a very long time.

I'm not being a baby over it. I think WP8 is a good release and really is a great place to start with WP as it finally has a lot of great features (not enough, like the missing notification center). I've already cast my vote though. I decided not to buy a WP8 device and I have no desire to return to WP in the foreseeable future.

LogicalApex said,
I own a Dell Venue Pro, Nokia Lumia 800, and Nokia Lumia 900. I recently switched to the Galaxy SIII as my daily driver. My first Android device (actually my first non MS Smartphone ever, as I started with Windows Mobile 5 in 2006).

Jesus... you buy/have too many phones.

LogicalApex said,

I still enjoy Windows Phone and it is my preferred platform, but MS forced me to skip Windows Phone for a while with the way they treated WP7 users.

I own a Dell Venue Pro, Nokia Lumia 800, and Nokia Lumia 900. I recently switched to the Galaxy SIII as my daily driver. My first Android device (actually my first non MS Smartphone ever, as I started with Windows Mobile 5 in 2006).

Just curious, why do you own three WP7 devices?

Agreed. I like the hardware (I am using an HTC Titan), and I also like the software. But the ecosystem is far from perfect.

I just can't be bothered to be an early adopter of MSFT stuff anymore. My next phone might as well be an Android -- at least until I wait for a WP8 cooked rom for the HTC Titan (if ever).

Dot Matrix said,
This is what Skype should have been for WP7. It's a joke Microsoft didn't allow this for that release.

I'm sure they would have loved to, but shoulda coulda woulda... lol

You can't do everything in every release.

LogicalApex said,
Microsoft really screwed Windows Phone 7 users over in too many ways.

How so? Windows Phone 7.8 will be getting launched in the next month or so, Nokia have already announced the continued support and development of Windows Phone 7 for existing and devices aimed at emerging markets. Add to that the limitations of Windows Phone 7 which inhibit Skype from running nicely on Windows Phone 7, I'm confused at why you're whining. The fact that you have three mobile phones tells me you're hardly on the bread line living from pay cheque to pay cheque.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

How so? Windows Phone 7.8 will be getting launched in the next month or so, Nokia have already announced the continued support and development of Windows Phone 7 for existing and devices aimed at emerging markets. Add to that the limitations of Windows Phone 7 which inhibit Skype from running nicely on Windows Phone 7, I'm confused at why you're whining. The fact that you have three mobile phones tells me you're hardly on the bread line living from pay cheque to pay cheque.

7.8 isn't anything more than lipstick on a pig, seriously. There isn't anything in that update of any real significance other than the new Start Screen. Which really isn't anything to write home about. The problem I have with WP 7 is that MS failed to deliver WP8 to the devices (and there is no excuse for this). This problem was compounded by the numerous interviews with high level WP division employees at MS admitting the orphaning of WP7 users was decided before the first WP 7 device was sold.

No, I'm not living paycheck to paycheck or visiting a bread line. I'm not sure what your point was for bringing that up.

Even still I'm not 100% happy with WP8 either. The lack of a notification center, VPN support, and a few other things still make me wonder what MS is doing. But instead of continuing to support MS and wait for them to tell me I'm an idiot for doing so I've jumped to Android. I might come back, but they'll have to convince me really hard.

LogicalApex said,

7.8 isn't anything more than lipstick on a pig, seriously. There isn't anything in that update of any real significance other than the new Start Screen. Which really isn't anything to write home about. The problem I have with WP 7 is that MS failed to deliver WP8 to the devices (and there is no excuse for this). This problem was compounded by the numerous interviews with high level WP division employees at MS admitting the orphaning of WP7 users was decided before the first WP 7 device was sold.

No, I'm not living paycheck to paycheck or visiting a bread line. I'm not sure what your point was for bringing that up.

Even still I'm not 100% happy with WP8 either. The lack of a notification center, VPN support, and a few other things still make me wonder what MS is doing. But instead of continuing to support MS and wait for them to tell me I'm an idiot for doing so I've jumped to Android. I might come back, but they'll have to convince me really hard.

WP7 was a step to WP8. WP8 introduces a new kernel that would be a headache to bring to older handsets. Besides many handsets are approaching two years old, so many users contracts will be up, and they can get their upgrade. I get mine the 24th of this month. I'll be on WP8 long before 7.8 is released.

Dot Matrix said,

WP7 was a step to WP8. WP8 introduces a new kernel that would be a headache to bring to older handsets. Besides many handsets are approaching two years old, so many users contracts will be up, and they can get their upgrade. I get mine the 24th of this month. I'll be on WP8 long before 7.8 is released.

I know the counter arguments. But for a good slice of WP7 customers that I know (5, not counting me) we all decided to go Android due to the WP 7 mess. MS made their choice and so did we.

They aren't in a position to be losing customers at this point, especially longtime ones like me and my group of friends. But it isn't my job to care

As I said earlier, I have been a Windows Mobile customer since WM 5. I was there with the "reboot" of WP7 and begrudgingly went with MS due, in part, to my fan boy loyalty. WP8 is another reboot of the platform and I'm not sticking around this time. With all the WPs I purchased I probably will have a direct impact on their marketshare .