Skype for Windows Phone 8 graduates, no longer in preview

Microsoft's Skype platform, which it bought a few years ago for 8.5 billion dollars, was one of the company's largest acquisition. So far, Microsoft has been bringing Skype to all of its major platforms and one of those platforms, Windows Phone 8, has received an update today.

Microsoft has pushed out an update for the Skype client on Windows Phone 8 that moves the needle up to version 2.5. In addition to the new version, Microsoft is also taking the preview tag off of the product which means that it is officially leaving the beta world. 

Joe Belfiore noted on a tweet that the platform has exited 'preview' stage, while this is likely a significant milestone internally, there is little pomp and circumstance to the end user. 

The update is primarily for bug fixes but there is one new/changed feature from the previous version of Skype. Microsoft notes that "message notifications for Messenger buddies are now on by default". In addition, Microsoft fixed many bugs including one that caused the app to crash after launching with some Microsoft accounts. 

The update should help out many of you who use the platform on a daily basis as some of the bugs that were squashed were quite annoying but there is one audio issue outstanding that affects those with an HTC 8X. The issue only affects those with older firmware and will result in muted audio during phone calls; by updating your phone to the latest OS, you will avoid this issue.

Source: Microsoft

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Ok always starting at the 'recent' page is a bit of a pain, i'd rather it started with contacts.

And how about the other status options besides than Available and Invisible.

Seems a little half baked.

I'm not sure how MS thinks the chat in Skype is as good as MSN messenger. Forcing us to replace one for the other feels tremendously rushed and done only to achieve some organizational goal.

I hope they figure out the issues. There are just so many.
They also need to provide a slim or chat UX layout. The current UI on all devices (phone, tablet or desktop) are almost unusable as a chat-centric client.

ahinson said,
I'm not sure how MS thinks the chat in Skype is as good as MSN messenger. Forcing us to replace one for the other feels tremendously rushed and done only to achieve some organizational goal.

I hope they figure out the issues. There are just so many.
They also need to provide a slim or chat UX layout. The current UI on all devices (phone, tablet or desktop) are almost unusable as a chat-centric client.

Cant even share screen while using video? Why does MS want Skype premium to do that? Video/screen share is using their bandwidth?
Cant give control to shared screen.

I was having a lot of trouble with the app for a while and researched online... if you just reinstall it since the 2.4 update it fixes a ton of issues.. still was having issues with messaging when I would be logged in on multiple computers with the windows 8 app.. Set my surface and desktop to not run Skype in the background and it works great now

I just called my partner from Skype on my WP to Skype on her WP. Her phone didn't ring when I called but it did ring about 15 minutes after I'd hung up.

I think there are some more fundamental features that need to be fixed before offline messaging is addressed

jakem1 said,
I just called my partner from Skype on my WP to Skype on her WP. Her phone didn't ring when I called but it did ring about 15 minutes after I'd hung up.

I think there are some more fundamental features that need to be fixed before offline messaging is addressed


This **** needs to be fixed. Absolutely horrible.

The other day I got a call. Received it on PC, finished talking in about 10 min and THEN suddenly the phone goes ring ring.

I thought it was a new call, clicked answer and it started calling back instead. Same thing happens with msgs too. Stupid.

Note: PC and Phone both on same broadband and wifi is background enabled on phone.

Crimson Rain said,

This **** needs to be fixed. Absolutely horrible.

The other day I got a call. Received it on PC, finished talking in about 10 min and THEN suddenly the phone goes ring ring.

I thought it was a new call, clicked answer and it started calling back instead. Same thing happens with msgs too. Stupid.

Note: PC and Phone both on same broadband and wifi is background enabled on phone.

I've personally given up using Skype, Microsoft has somehow managed to destroy both Skype and the MSN/Windows Live brand and experience for chatting and voice calls.
I'll be sticking with the messaging hub on my windows phone, and my windows 8 PC has had the metro message/mail/people etc app removed, as well as the Skype app.
I'm not even bothering with the desktop Skype 8 client since it doesn't combine user/emails like the people hub on my Windows Phone. It feels so disjointed and disconnected from each other, It's worse then when I was using 3rd party applications do to the same thing a 5 years back.
I'm currently using facebook (as much as I hate it) webpage chat on the PC and there seems to be about 20 of my friends that haven't bothered to move over to Skype and are just using facebook chat now too.

I'd be interested in knowing how many people simply don't migrate to Skype and use alternate services but we'll simply never know as it's so integrated into windows 8 with logging in with an live account in general.

I really like Windows 8, its super fast and if Microsoft hadn't left it so late and messed up the metro apps from the outset, things could have been great. As it stands, it's just *really* starting to grate on me, to the point I've been looking at the mac mini.. and I'm not even sure why since I'll have to deal with all the crap anyway, but maybe a different load of crap tastes better.

You guys should come to my house. I have a Skype party almost daily. Someone SkypeCalls me and I have Skype-Ringtone across my Windows 8 Laptop, Surface and Windows Phone. I pick up from one device the other two keeps ringing until I manually hit "Ignore" and that if I am lucky and the rest of the devices are near me...

Notifications are also a disaster. I read messages / see missed calls in one machine and the rest does not update... You have to independently see each update again on each device separately, in order to dismiss them.

jakem1 said,
I just called my partner from Skype on my WP to Skype on her WP. Her phone didn't ring when I called but it did ring about 15 minutes after I'd hung up.

I think there are some more fundamental features that need to be fixed before offline messaging is addressed

Is this on Windows Phone 8? I haven't used Windows Phone 8 on my own devices (only own Windows Phone 7) and I know WP7 had the silly limitation on the Skype app that it had to use the notification service (which polls a device like every 15 minutes to save battery). My assumption was deep baking Skype into Windows Phone 8 was to allow the app to escape those limitations (like Windows Messenger support built in was able to).

If this was on Windows Phone 8 I can only be left confused as to what the hell they are doing in Redmond. How can the Skype app for Android still be better than Windows Phone even after Microsoft owns the company. They really need to get their first party support situation figured out before they expect app developers to join them in this war.

I hope you and the others in this comment chain are referring to WP7...

Same here. Don't forget to mention that once you run Skype on a Windows 8/RT PC, you'll get duplicate Messenger notifications for every message and you can't make it stop without uninstalling Skype. That's right, the only way to stop getting the second notification for every Messenger message is to uninstall the app because it's automatically and forcibly tied to the Microsoft Account used to sign into Windows. I was really thrilled about Microsoft buying and integrating Skype services back when it happened, but they've managed to screw up the Messenger Service and Skype far beyond what I could have ever imagined.

LogicalApex said,

I hope you and the others in this comment chain are referring to WP7...

Unfortunately I'm talking about the WP8 version referred to in the article. It's still very flaky I'm afraid.

nMIK-3 said,
You guys should come to my house. I have a Skype party almost daily. Someone SkypeCalls me and I have Skype-Ringtone across my Windows 8 Laptop, Surface and Windows Phone. I pick up from one device the other two keeps ringing until I manually hit "Ignore" and that if I am lucky and the rest of the devices are near me...

Notifications are also a disaster. I read messages / see missed calls in one machine and the rest does not update... You have to independently see each update again on each device separately, in order to dismiss them.


Not to mention sometimes those updates come 10 to 20 mins apart!


They are ****ing adding back camera, logout function etc OPTIONAL feature while stupid things like these are not fixed.


If you have used LINE metro app, there is an option in it that, when turned on, stops all notifications on LINE in your WP8 when you are using LINE metro.

Never been alerted to an incoming call when at the lock screen or screen powered off (on RT either) so fingers crossed for the new version.