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Skype for Windows Phone 8 – Version 2.8

Today we’ve released an update for Skype for Windows Phone 8, the next step on our journey towards Skype’s Mobile Future. We’re focusing on putting conversations first, improving quality and performance, and bringing new features to Skype for Windows Phone 8.

In this release we’ve significantly improved the app start and resume performance – so you can quickly continue a conversation by moving smoothly between apps on your Windows Phone 8 device and Skype.

  • Start and Resume Performance – Improving the start and resume experience has been the main focus of this release. It’s now much faster to return to the app when it’s in the back stack. If you open the app and then hit the start button or turn off the screen, pressing the back or power button now gets you back into the Skype app much more quickly. You’ll also see some general improvements to the start experience.
  • Live Tile Count – Based on user feedback, we’ve changed the Live Tile notifications to show only the number of unread conversations, rather than the total number of unread messages.
  • South Korea Availability – Skype for Windows Phone 8 is now available to download from the Windows Phone Store in South Korea.

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.

Resolved Issues:

Category Description
Resume Performance Faster resume when the app is in the back stack:

  • Pressing start button to leave the app then back button or opening from back stack
  • Pressing power button, or screen turning off, then turning the device back on
Start Experience Improvement to start experience when starting from tile, toast or a People Hub contact
Live Tile Count Now showing unseen, unread conversations count rather than unseen, unread message count on Live Tile
Worldwide Availability The app is now available in South Korea

Known Limitations:

Category Description Workaround
Calling Some users are experiencing call drops in poor network areas We’re monitoring this issue and are working on a change to address it
Calling When receiving an incoming call the call sometimes doesn’t connect We’re monitoring this issue and are working on a change to address it


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