Skype for Windows Phone 8 gets updated with new features

Skype continues to support its many different mobile platforms with new app releases and the Windows Phone 8 app is no exception. Today, Skype and its parent company Microsoft have released the 2.9 version of the Windows Phone 8 app with two new features.

The Skype blog says that the 2.9 version contains a better people filter for when users want to split up their Skype contact list from their list of Windows Phone contacts. Microsoft states, "So, in 2.9 we’ve added a filter so you can see either all your contacts, just Skype contacts, or only available contacts."

The second new feature concerns the Home screen of the app. Microsoft says, "The Skype home screen has been improved so that users can now pivot through app functions. The Favorite Contact tiles are now smaller, fitting three across on the screen so it is faster for you to contact the people you care about most." Finally, the patch notes state there have been some unnamed general fixes and speed improvements for the 2.9 release.

The new version comes just over a month after Skype and Microsoft announced an overall plan to improve all of its mobile apps in the coming months in terms of their reliability and performance as well as making them have less of an effect on a device's battery life.

Source: Skype | Image via Microsoft

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This is why i left Windows phone in June. They cannot even give there own platform special treatment. I am now running android and i would not be ****ed if microsoft updated there platform first.

I must be the only one that is actually happy with Skype on my WP8. It works well for me. Only real major issue I have with it is the ridiculous time taken for the app to resume, but ah well.

I still wish Microsoft would just bake Skype into the Messaging hub since Skype has replaced Messenger. It just makes sense, and doing that could really make Skype what Facetime is for iOS

FalseAgent said,
I must be the only one that is actually happy with Skype on my WP8. It works well for me. Only real major issue I have with it is the ridiculous time taken for the app to resume, but ah well.

I still wish Microsoft would just bake Skype into the Messaging hub since Skype has replaced Messenger. It just makes sense, and doing that could really make Skype what Facetime is for iOS

I think since they took out the messaging app from Windows 8.1 and it looks like Skype will be it's replacement I can see them making Skype part of WP8.1 as well.

GP007 said,

I think since they took out the messaging app from Windows 8.1 and it looks like Skype will be it's replacement I can see them making Skype part of WP8.1 as well.


Skype is definitely the replacement, and on Windows 8, it was as easy as swapping out the Messaging app with Skype. That's easy.

On Windows Phone 7.5, they baked messenger into the messaging hub, in-line with Windows Phone's philosophy of 'hubs' that bring stuff together - they brought SMS, facebook messaging, and messenger together in one thread for the same contact, and that was a huge achievement.

Now that skype is replacing messenger, the replacement should be in the messaging hub, but unfortunately, we get an app. Sure, it plugs in to the people hub, but it doesn't plug into the messaging hub

I really hope they just do away with the app and make Skype a feature of WP8, but it seems like the direction is going to continue moving forward with the app. At this rate, I think the WP team might just remove the online functionality from the messaging hub, which is step backwards

Because unfortunately Skype still operates as a separate company (even though they are owned by Microsoft). With this recent massive re-org, I'm sure this will tie Skype closer into the ecosystem. It's sad how Messenger was beautifully integrated into the ecosystem and dump it for Skype, so I hope they really turn Skype around and fix it.

j2006 said,
Because unfortunately Skype still operates as a separate company (even though they are owned by Microsoft). With this recent massive re-org, I'm sure this will tie Skype closer into the ecosystem. It's sad how Messenger was beautifully integrated into the ecosystem and dump it for Skype, so I hope they really turn Skype around and fix it.

Yeah, with the reorg it doesn't seem like Skype will be on it's own anymore. I think the reorg was in the works for some time and Ballmer decided to leave Skype alone for the time being till now.

Oh joy!

MS is guilty of doing exactly what every other company does, which they've complained about in their efforts to obtain application support for WP. Which is to support the platforms with larger user bases first, then service the other platforms when/if they get around to it.

How can they expect others to take WP seriously, when even within it's own organization it's a 3rd class citizen?

**Edit: The update crashes when launched on my L920. Had to remove/reinstall it to get it to work.

Edited by ahinson, Aug 6 2013, 4:48pm :

Its normal to remove Skype before updating, previous Skype update had similar issues with it burning through your battery juice after applying the update.
And if I'm not mistaken WP8 is outselling WP7 by far. Big chance many of the updated parts are relying on WP8 framework not present in WP7.x

You are naive if you think MS is going to continue support for 7.x. WP8 is the future and that's where you will be getting all the new apps/games/ updates.

hipporama said,
You are naive if you think MS is going to continue support for 7.x. WP8 is the future and that's where you will be getting all the new apps/games/ updates.

Correction, WP8 is the present. We don't know what the future is.

sanke1 said,

Is that even coming? I think I am forever stuck with 8.0 + GDR on my 520.

Well, I read that Nokia has GDR2 up on it's servers for Lumia devices, and I think it's all of them. If you want to try it that way. As far as my HTC 8X goes, I'm still waiting. I expect 8.1 will come to everyone, even the lower end 520, should actually add to it's overall performance I expect. Just going to be a waiting game thanks to the carriers.

GP007 said,

Well, I read that Nokia has GDR2 up on it's servers for Lumia devices, and I think it's all of them. If you want to try it that way. As far as my HTC 8X goes, I'm still waiting. I expect 8.1 will come to everyone, even the lower end 520, should actually add to it's overall performance I expect. Just going to be a waiting game thanks to the carriers.


Navifirm is closed down, manual updating is only possible through official retailers and repair centers.
But if anyone wants to manually update their Nokia's, please contact Nokia about opening Navifirm again

GP007 said,

Well, I read that Nokia has GDR2 up on it's servers for Lumia devices, and I think it's all of them. If you want to try it that way. As far as my HTC 8X goes, I'm still waiting. I expect 8.1 will come to everyone, even the lower end 520, should actually add to it's overall performance I expect. Just going to be a waiting game thanks to the carriers.


I believe Nokia is pushing out GRD2 for the Lumia 820 and 920 starting today.

FalseAgent said,

I believe Nokia is pushing out GRD2 for the Lumia 820 and 920 starting today.

Seems like it, I read a tweet not long ago that said the rollout is starting. I expect them to have it on all the Lumia devices in time though.

GP007 said,

Seems like it, I read a tweet not long ago that said the rollout is starting. I expect them to have it on all the Lumia devices in time though.


Yeah except they said similar stories before and if I had to wait for my carrier would not have had the portico update until just a month or 2 ago.

Shadowzz said,

Yeah except they said similar stories before and if I had to wait for my carrier would not have had the portico update until just a month or 2 ago.

I'm sorry to hear that. I live in south-east asia, we don't have devices tied to carriers, and the carriers here almost never block or delay updates. Thank god for that.

My device is unlocked and i'm not on contract (prepaid), so I get updated from Nokia/MS directly.