Skype's Universal Windows Platform app - which launched on PCs and phones last year, and dropped its 'Preview' tag this week - is now available on the Xbox One, with simpler controls, and a darker UI.
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Skype Preview was the default communications app in the Anniversary Update, and the app has remained in preview since then. But with the Creators Update, Microsoft is taking off the training wheels.
After shipping the Windows 10 Anniversary Update with an incomplete Skype Preview app last year, Microsoft apparently believes the app is ready to drop its 'Preview' tag, ahead of the Creators Update.
A single cross-platform app, codenamed 'Skype for Life' - for Windows, iOS, Android, macOS and Linux - is said to be in development, with Microsoft's existing Skype clients moving to maintenance mode.
Microsoft is dropping Skype support for older versions of Android, and as it focuses its development efforts on the Skype UWP app for Windows 10, older Windows Phone handsets will be left behind too.
Microsoft hasn't released its new UWP Skype Preview app for Windows 10 Mobile just yet, but you can still get it. A member at XDA Developers has posted the APPX package, which you can install.
The Skype Preview app for Windows 10 received a significant update today. The Universal Windows Platform app now has support for the new dark theme setting, as well as multiple accounts.
While Microsoft has removed the integrated Messaging + Skype experience from its latest Mobile build, its new Skype UWP app is coming "soon", and will also offer SMS and Skype messages in one place.
Even though this week has been more quiet in the Windows Store, there are a few juicy news bits that you may have missed, and - as usual - you can find them in our weekly roundup.