Skype for Windows Phone 8 updated to version 2.8

In late June, Skype announced a general plan to improve its many mobile apps, and today a new part of those plans was put into motion with a Windows Phone 8 app update that brings noticeable performance improvements.

The Skype blog has the change notes on the new 2.8 version, which includes some upgrades for starting and resuming the app in Windows Phone 8. The blog states:

It’s now much faster to return to the app when it’s in the back stack. If you open the app and then hit the start button or turn off the screen, pressing the back or power button now gets you back into the Skype app much more quickly. You’ll also see some general improvements to the start experience.

The app also changes the Live Tile experience for Windows Phone 8. Instead of just showing all of the unread messages, the Skype Live Tile now just shows the number of any unread conversations. The Skype team made this particular change thanks to feedback from Windows Phone 8 users. Finally, the Skype app can now be downloaded from the South Korean version of the Windows Phone Store for the first time with this new release.

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I guess they're still ignoring all the users who are asking for a proper way to sign out from the App, or at least have more status options available to them.

I had to find it in the store. My phone hadn't found it as an update though. Once I found it I had an "Update" button in the place of the "Try/Buy" button.

MrHumpty said,
I had to find it in the store. My phone hadn't found it as an update though. Once I found it I had an "Update" button in the place of the "Try/Buy" button.

thanks for the tip! I tried one hour ago and it was only showing "Share", I tried again few minutes ago and the "Update" option was available. Thanks again.
Now if Nokia could be so graceful and release Amber........ I would be a happy camper....

Cyborg_X said,
Still no video messages.

REALLY? ...and Tango still hasn't released their app for 8, only 7.5/7.8. So frustrating!

REALLY? ...and Tango still hasn't released their app for 8, only 7.5/7.8. So frustrating!

I thought Windows Phone 8 was backwards compatible with all WP7 apps.

greensabath said,

I thought Windows Phone 8 was backwards compatible with all WP7 apps.


It's not. There are certain apps that are not available on WP8, e.g. "The Harvest"…