Skype: Windows video messaging coming by late April

Earlier today, Skype launched its beta video messaging service for iOS, Android and Mac platforms. Missing among those versions was any word on being able to send video messages on Skype for Windows-based platform, which struck us as odd since Skype is owned by Microsoft.

Today, a Skype spokesperson sent Neowin a note that attempts to show that Skype will not forget Windows users:

Video Messaging is in early release for testing in several markets for Android, iOS, and Mac with functionality to send and receive video messages. Users in these markets across all Windows desktop and mobile platforms can receive messages, too. We will have send capability in Windows by end of April. In the meantime, we continue to test this new feature in its early release.

Even with this statement, it still seems odd that this feature would launch on a number of platforms that are rivals to Microsoft's Windows operating systems first, even if it is in a beta state. The statement also doesn't make clear if by "Windows" Skype will add video messaging support for Windows 7, 8 and RT or if that also includes support for Windows Phone 8 as well. We have contacted the Skype spokesperson for more clarification.

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Izlude said,
is Skype messaging like text messaging (for phones) or is it talking about a real time webcam chat?

It's a instant messenger client with superb audio and video chat options and VoIP.

The whole Messenger -> Skype transition is a joke. It doesn't work for my parents. Creating new Live and Skype accounts to bind them together works but the final result is unusable.
By the way, how do you unlink a Live with Skype?
This whole thing is flawed and so many things have been unexplained.
My parents current Live accounts aren't accepted in Skype either.
*Argh!*

Radium said,
The whole Messenger -> Skype transition is a joke. It doesn't work for my parents. Creating new Live and Skype accounts to bind them together works but the final result is unusable.
By the way, how do you unlink a Live with Skype?
This whole thing is flawed and so many things have been unexplained.
My parents current Live accounts aren't accepted in Skype either.
*Argh!*

You dont need "Skype account".

You simply sign in using your Microsoft account (Live/Hotmail/Outlook/MSN) instead of signing in with a Skype account.

Microsoft really needs to make their products first on the list of priorities for support. First they force their users over to using Skype, then in their faces, they give more features to other users of other platforms....

anyone who doesn't think this is a joke is fooling themselves. WindowsPhone should be near the top of the priority list with things like Skype. Microsoft is going where the money is even if it means leaving WP users out in the cold in regard to new features. remember when MS said xbox gaming, Skype would be so fantastic on windowsphone? I just got my 920 in October but I will be shopping for a new phone/os come later this year.

Not sure if this rant will fit in here...

But can Microsoft please join the Messaging and and the Skype apps from the Windows Store? Sheesh.

MidTxWRX said,
Not sure if this rant will fit in here...

But can Microsoft please join the Messaging and and the Skype apps from the Windows Store? Sheesh.

No. Stop making sense.

Even with this statement, it still seems odd that this feature would launch on a number of platforms that are rivals to Microsoft's Windows operating systems first, even if it is in a beta state.

Why? Skype wasn't always a MS company, so they may have had the code written for those and then never did anything about it.

And then with MS introducing a new API set with Windows 8 (winRT) the team could have just been waiting for it to be released so they could work on a win32 and a winRT app at the same time.

Exactly. Why should they divert resources to the Windows branded mobile offerings with their nonexistent marketshare

Um that has nothing to do with my post...