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Skype 2.6 for Windows Phone 8

Today we have released a minor update for Skype for Windows Phone 8, version 2.6.  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.

Get the updated version now from the Windows Phone Store.

We’re always looking to improve your experience on Skype and pay close attention to your feedback. To get the latest news and tips, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or join us on the Skype Support Network.

Full release notes for Skype 2.6 for Windows Phone 8 are:

New and changed features:

  • increased chat reliability
  • increased call notification reliability
  • improvements in call reliability to phone numbers

Fixed issues:

  • Fix for occasional missing message preview in the recent conversations list

Known limitations

Getting two notifications for a message from a Messenger contact If you’re signed into Message Hub and the Skype app, you may get two notifications for a message from a Messenger contact. Tap your profile picture in the top right corner of the home page, choose “notifications” from the menu on your profile and turn the Messenger notifications off.
Calls keep ringing when answered on a different device, or ended by the caller We’re working on a change to address this issue. Right now you can tap Ignore to dismiss the call screen, or it will disappear after 60s.
Can’t sign in with a Microsoft account that isn’t joined to a Skype account Today the app requires you to have already signed in with a Microsoft account on another client, and either merged with an existing Skype account, or created a new one We’ll address this in a future release – so you can sign in with any Microsoft account and either merge with your Skype account, or create a new one
Video stops when the call is in the background If you’re in a video call and put the app in the background, video stops and both users have to restart it when you reopen the app We’re working on this for a future release, so that video starts again as soon as you restart the app.
Reading a message on Windows Phone doesn’t mark it as read on other devices Messages still appear unread on a different device We’re working on this for a future release.
All calls received when the app is closed appear as audio calls Even video calls are initially shown as audio calls, and you need to add video once the app starts. We’re working on this for a future release, so you can answer video calls with video straight away.

11 thoughts on “Skype 2.6 for Windows Phone 8

  1. Nice! I’m loving that these updates are coming.

    If I may ask the Skype Genie for three feature wishes for Windows Phone:
    1. Voice messages – I would use this WAY more than video calling. I’ve already left several video messages in the Windows 8 app, but I can’t do it or even view video messages in the Windows Phone 8 app.
    2. Attachments – I’ve been trying to get people to start using Skype instead of other chat options, but the fact that we can’t attach thing like photos, documents & video, holds people back.
    3. Consistency across versions – when I move from my Windows Phone 8 app to my Windows 8 app, the experience isn’t consistent, in terms of my setup. My favorites don’t sync and even my chat history with a contact isn’t shared between the versions

    Thank you!

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