Skype for Windows Phone 8/7.5 updated; still no video messaging

Microsoft not only went ahead and released a new Windows desktop version of Skype today, but it has also launched a new update of the app for Windows Phone 8 and 7.5 devices via the Windows Phone store.

The official Skype blog has the change notes from the new 2.6 version of the app, indicating that it is a rather minor update. The blog says, "In this release we focused on further increasing the reliability of chat and call notifications, improving reliability of calls to phone numbers and resolving occasional missing message preview in the recent conversations list."

This new version of the Windows Phone 8 app does not have the video messaging feature that other mobile and desktop version of Skype have added over the past few months. It was first put into the Mac desktop and iOS and Android apps in February, and in late April the Windows 7 and 8 desktop beta versions also added the feature. Earlier this month, the Windows 8 Modern app got an update that also added the video messaging feature. Microsoft has given no indications when the Windows Phone app will add this feature but we suspect they are likely working to get it into the application in the near future.

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Can we please get an update where a simple chat wont eat up the full CPU performance?
If I'm chatting on skype, the battery drains just as fast when i'm playing a game. No such issues with texting or whatsapp.

I'm glad they continue to release fairly frequent updates for Skype on all platforms that they support. I do think they should allow a sign-out (and/or an exit / close option) for those who want it. I think Skype has improved greatly in general since Microsoft acquired it, though much room exists to continue to better it, of course, like as with anything else. I would like to see them replicate some of the unique functionality and features that Messenger had which was useful or popular but doesn't currently exist in Skype. As far as Messenger app vs. Skype - it does seem overly redundant to have multiple apps installed that have the same features as each other. Skype clearly has superior functionality to the Messenger app presently, so Messenger should, and probably is, taking a back seat to Skype at this point. One question is, is it worth keeping the Messenger app around anymore now that Messenger has been discontinued and Messenger contacts have been moved to Skype for accounts which merged Skype with Microsoft accounts? That's something MSFT should think about.

MyNamesTheDoctor said,
I'm glad they continue to release fairly frequent updates for Skype on all platforms that they support. I do think they should allow a sign-out (and/or an exit / close option) for those who want it. I think Skype has improved greatly in general since Microsoft acquired it, though much room exists to continue to better it, of course, like as with anything else. I would like to see them replicate some of the unique functionality and features that Messenger had which was useful or popular but doesn't currently exist in Skype. As far as Messenger app vs. Skype - it does seem overly redundant to have multiple apps installed that have the same features as each other. Skype clearly has superior functionality to the Messenger app presently, so Messenger should, and probably is, taking a back seat to Skype at this point. One question is, is it worth keeping the Messenger app around anymore now that Messenger has been discontinued and Messenger contacts have been moved to Skype for accounts which merged Skype with Microsoft accounts? That's something MSFT should think about.

EXACTLY. I had assumed they were doing this... And while they're at it, the messaging hub (and People hub) should also support Yammer.

And STILL no ability to sign out, or have a status option beyond Available and Invisible.

And no, their 'switch accounts' solution, which then forgets your login credentials is not the answer.

They're actually so resistant to offer an ability to sign out, despite people crying for it on their forums, that i suspect Microsoft is pressuring them to keep this a signed in 24/7 thing, which is ridiculous.

Well their "switch accounts" option IS the sign out ability. If you hit the button and then exit before signing into another account you will be signed out of your existing one. I agree it needs improvement.

It is FASCINATING to watch Microsoft support other platforms before its own trying-to-establish-itself-a-market product.

One can question the market rationale behind and, in some way, the competency of people behind the Windows Phone strategy.

TheCyberKnight said,
It is FASCINATING to watch Microsoft support other platforms before its own trying-to-establish-itself-a-market product.

One can question the market rationale behind and, in some way, the competency of people behind the Windows Phone strategy.

They aren't choosing to support the other platforms before their own, it is just that they created the iOS and Android applications first. Remember Skype has existed long before WP ever existed. The Skype versions of iOS and Android have just had more development time, that's all. To port an app or features from one platform to another is not a simple cut/paste job. There are different libraries (due to different languages), user experience guidelines, etc.

mnl1121 said,

They aren't choosing to support the other platforms before their own, it is just that they created the iOS and Android applications first. Remember Skype has existed long before WP ever existed. The Skype versions of iOS and Android have just had more development time, that's all. To port an app or features from one platform to another is not a simple cut/paste job. There are different libraries (due to different languages), user experience guidelines, etc.


Yes, but MS was also the company that stated that WinRT and WP apps would be easily portable between the OS'es. Assuming this is true, then why is the WP app lagging behind so badly? Not to mention the lack of integration in the messaging hub

Jorik Modderkolk said,

Yes, but MS was also the company that stated that WinRT and WP apps would be easily portable between the OS'es. Assuming this is true, then why is the WP app lagging behind so badly? Not to mention the lack of integration in the messaging hub

Yeah, wasn't the big selling point for buying Skype the ability to integrate it into WP (as well as other products)? I was pretty sure they said that they would be doing that when they announced the purchase.

MikeInBA said,
I just want to stop getting double notifications, one from Skype and one from the Message Hub.

Wait, so Skype HAS replaced Messenger in the Messaging Hub?

God, I'm confused... lol

M_Lyons10 said,

Wait, so Skype HAS replaced Messenger in the Messaging Hub?

God, I'm confused... lol

Not completely, i dont know if what i experience is a result of merging my WLM and Skype account, or if even straight skypers get the same behavior.

MikeInBA said,
Not completely, i dont know if what i experience is a result of merging my WLM and Skype account, or if even straight skypers get the same behavior.

Oh, I see. I do hope that Skype gets better integration into the OS in the future.

I managed to solve this annoying double notification issue by disabling Messenger chat notifications in Skype. Found the setting last week, figured it had been added in the last update.

Click on your profile picture in the app, expend the footer, press on notifications and disable Messenger notifications.

I still would prefer for Skype being completely baked into the OS. And seeing how slow the app is moving along, I guess they're doing just that.

Hopefully they are working on a way to integrate this into the Messaging Hub. That would make it a better experience than on the other platforms.

Drewidian said,
Hopefully they are working on a way to integrate this into the Messaging Hub. That would make it a better experience than on the other platforms.

Agreed. I had assumed this was the route they were taking, but from the response above I guess I was wrong. It really should be integrated into the OS further...

And where is Yammer support?

No and why would it? Instead, Skype (Messenger) IM is built into the Hub along with all other messaging/texting services. Why would they replace it? It's your preference to chat either in the hub or the app.

j2006 said,
No and why would it? Instead, Skype (Messenger) IM is built into the Hub along with all other messaging/texting services. Why would they replace it? It's your preference to chat either in the hub or the app.

Well, I figured since they discontinued support for Messenger and put their weight behind Skype, that Skype's messaging backend would replace the Messenger Messaging component in the Messaging / Texts hub...

Well, Maybe they would replace it because the skype app is SLOW! Even on my Lumia 920, I need to wait quite a long time before the splash screen is gone, and then wait even longer till skype is connected and starts updating messages and conversations. From my experience on a HD2, the build in hub does not have these issues.