Skype video messaging exits preview, still not on Windows Phone

Microsoft's Skype video messaging service has exited preview and is now available for free in the majority of Skype applications, tough the video-sharing feature has yet to make its way to the company's Windows Phone operating system.

Yasmin Khan, product manager for Skype Premium, announced the service's release in a post on the company's official blog, noting that the feature is currently available for the Windows desktop client, Mac client, Windows 8 app, iOS app (including both iPhone and iPad variants), Android app and BlackBerry app. Notably absent from the list of supported platforms is Microsoft's own Windows Phone OS.

As its name implies, Skype video messaging allows users to send recorded video messages; the messages can last up to three minutes and be previewed prior to being sent. Messages are sent free of charge, as with the Microsoft subsidiary's popular video chatting service.

The video messaging service has been in preview for Mac, iOS and Android since Feb. 15, and later came to the Windows desktop client and Windows 8 app on April 30 and May 2, respectively.

Source: Skype

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the Skype video messaging service is out of beta and is now available to all Skype users. It is available on the desktop in Skype for Windows desktop, Windows 8, OS X and on the mobile for Skype for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. Currently, the service is not available on Windows Phone.

Skype video messaging lets the user send short video messages over Skype. The recipient of these messages need not be online when you send them and can view them whenever they log into Skype unlike your regular video calls. Mainly, video messaging is to video calls what SMS is to voice calls.

The lack of support for Windows Phone is unexpected, considering Microsoft owns Skype now but the option might be integrated within the OS itself in future versions.
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Skype just takes too long to load to be used frequently, especially for txt messages/chatting. Also it is missing a "clear history" functionality. Also, why can't I sign out of other devices from my current one.?

I am talking about skype on my Lumia 920


Has anyone thought for a minute that this feature will be baked in to the OS in a future GDR update, possibly blue this fall?

That's my hope anyway.

deadonthefloor said,
Has anyone thought for a minute that this feature will be baked in to the OS in a future GDR update, possibly blue this fall?

That's my hope anyway.

They are taking way too long though. Things keep creeping up more and more and people lose interests and fans start jumping ship. They really need to get their act together or not even bother anymore....

Then that means the next feature that comes to ios and android will take a year to come to WP since that is the glacial pace at which the OS is updated. Not really a solution.

I'm pretty sure MS would not be allowed to directly intergrate the Skype app into windows phone, they would be sued and also the Mobile operators would be ****ed.

Even Microsoft leaves behind Windows Phone. They need to get their act together. Either support it consistently or let it go.

Forget that. Let's address how Skype isn't even truly integrated in WP8. Why do I even need the Skype app on my Lumia? I should be able to send chat messages from the Messaging hub and just hit a video or audio call button from a contact. Meh...

Video Messaging, hell, I'd be happy to be able to click on a voice message on my Lumia 920 and listen to it. Sadly, the only response is Voice Messaging is Not currently Supported. That sucks. I have to carry my old iphone for Skype and several other things that WP8 just can't do.

They still don't even offer any status besides 'Available' or 'Invisible', like it's somehow not possible to be busy or away from your Phone.

And their 'solution' to not being able to sign out is clunky at best.

TheCyberKnight said,
Microsoft has some very strange market strategies.
Supporting other platforms before yours being one.

Some parts of Microsoft have strange market strategies. The Bing, Skydrive and Office team do support Windows Phone above other platforms. It seems the Skype team stil hasnt fully come to terms with being part of Microsoft.

I think what they did to Messenger is their worst crime. They were charged with uniting these services. They got a huge chat market to add to their numbers and they compleetly let these people down. Skype is no replacement for Windows Messenger. Chat isnt nearly as good and without Hotmail/Outlook integration its worthless for some users.

Of course Microsoft's board is at fault. They should see the Skype team is hurting them and step in and fire whoever is leading that group of renegades.

I'm not particularly interested in video messaging but I wish they would add support for group video calls to Skype for Windows 8. It's irritating seeing it coming to the Xbox One but not Windows 8.

Why does Microsoft pay the least attention to their own platform? Photosynth was on iPhone for ages before it even touched Windows Phone, now this?

McKay said,
Why does Microsoft pay the least attention to their own platform? Photosynth was on iPhone for ages before it even touched Windows Phone, now this?

Because is the child of a lesser god?........

So you are asking why Microsoft should care about Microsoft's mobile platform? Sadly it seems Microsoft themselves agree with you so cant really argue with your point.

efjay said,
So you are asking why Microsoft should care about Microsoft's mobile platform? Sadly it seems Microsoft themselves agree with you so cant really argue with your point.

Exactly my point I regularly use Skype on my Lumia 920 and always left disappointed by the horrible Skype app on WP.

I was so excited about Skype on my Lumia 920, but I can't remember when was the last time it received an update. The app works well and it's great, but feels a little abandoned.. Also, I don't know if it's just me, but it drains my battery so fast!

It is a while since it received an update but it's still a work in progress (considering the way integration with the People Hub works) so hopefully the next update will be a good one rather than just a collection of bug fixes.

Skype is always running on my Lumia 920 and it doesn't drain the battery at all. Have you tried uninstalling and reinstalling Skype to see if that fixes your problem? That was a requirement for one of the early versions which did cause battery problems.

i was just reading about this on Reddit, and i think it is very weird that there is still no video support on windows phone. I have noticed rather a few things that should be present that just are not on the Windows Phone 8 Platform and for now i suppose i will just have to work around it.

I believe you mean video messaging. You can still video chat on the Windows Phone app, this feature (sending recorded video) just hasn't made its way to WP yet.