Today we have released a Skype (version 2.0) Preview for Windows Phone 8.
Two weeks ago, we announced that we were working hard on Skype for Windows Phone 8. Just like our bold new experience for Windows 8, the new Skype for Windows Phone will be fast, modern, and beautiful, while still delivering the best of what you’ve come to expect from Skype.
In this Preview, you’ll get all of the Skype basics in the new, modern design along with many of the new features such as integration with the People Hub and a combined contact list with buddies from Windows Live Messenger. Additionally, you’ll start receiving some call and message notifications – even when the app is closed and in the background.
Keep in mind that this release is still in Preview state which means that the experiences are not yet final.
We would like to hear your feedback. Discuss what matters on Skype Support Network or just comment in this blog.
Features available in the Skype for Windows Phone 8 are:
- Skype contacts in the People Hub.
- Login with Microsoft or Skype account.
- Connect with Messenger buddies.
- Always reachable.
- Calls in background and call holding.
- Visual refresh.
- Favorite contacts.
- Visual notification of call being held by remote party.
- Presence in contact list.
Start your next Skype conversation straight from the People Hub. You can call or start a chat from there to any of your friends on Skype.
You can now sign into Skype with either a Skype or Microsoft account, making it easier to connect with friends. You can merge your Skype and Microsoft accounts on our desktop applications.
When you have logged in with your Microsoft account then you can talk with your friends regardless if they’re on Skype or Messenger. You can merge your Skype and Microsoft accounts on the Skype desktop applications.
You will now receive Skype calls and 1:1 chat messages even when the app is closed. Incoming call notifications and a Live Tile will notify you of missed conversations. The notifications work even when the device is locked.
Skype calls continue even as you navigate to other apps on your phone. If someone calls you on your mobile number while you’re on a Skype call, you can now put the Skype call on hold and switch between the calls.
A new fresh, modern design that puts the people and conversations that matter most to you front and center.
Now you can select the most important people and add them to a dedicated Favorites screen.
See when the person on the other end of the call puts you on hold.
Skype for Windows Phone now shows presence in the contact list. Skype for Windows Phone has 2 presence states “Available” or “Invisible”, legacy presence states are mapped to these.
As this is a preview release, then there are few known issues, which we are working hard to address. They are as follows:
|Calling||Incoming calls when the screen is off may use a cellular data connection for the entire duration of the call, even if WiFi connects after the call is accepted.||If WiFI connectivity is preferred, hang up and restart the call, ensuring WiFi is connected before connecting the call.|
|Calling||All incoming calls when the app is closed will appear as audio-only calls (even though the caller may be sending video).||Start the video by tapping start video button.|
|Calling||Only the front camera is supported for video calling.||None available|
|Calling||Leaving the app during a video call ends video transmission.||Re-start sending video after going back to Skype.|
|Calling||Skype does not support receiving group calls when Skype is on background.||None available.|
|Calling||Skype 2.0 Preview for Windows Phone 8 does not support calls over Bluetooth headsets currently.||None available.|
|Notifications||You will not receive incoming calls or IM’s if your mobile data connection is not active and your screen is off..||None available.|
|IM||Skype does not display notifications for incoming group conversations in case app is not in foreground.||None available.|
|IM||Skype for Windows Phone does not show your full IM history on the phone with given contact.||View full history from your other Skype client.|
|IM||Incoming IM toast notifications could be displayed seldom multiple times.||None available.|
|Landscape mode||Landscape mode is not currently supported||None available.|
|Contacts||There’s no ability to edit phone contacts.||None available.|
|Contacts||Phonebook contacts can’t be marked as Favorites in Skype.||None available.|
|Live Tiles||Missed calls will not appear on the phone’s home screen live tile.||None available.|
|Favorites||Phonebook contacts cannot be added as Favorites. Only Skype contacts can be marked as Favorites.||None available.|
|SMS (texting)||Sending SMS is not supported in Skype 2.0 Preview for Windows Phone.||None available.|
|Voice messages||Sending and Receiving Voice Messages is not supported in Skype 2.0 Preview for Windows Phone.||None available.|
|Microsoft Account merge||It’s not possible to merge Skype and Microsoft Accounts on device.||Merge the accounts on desktop clients.|
|IM||Skype for Windows Phone does not support editing sent IM’s.||None available.|
Released build 126.96.36.1993.