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Bringing photo sharing to Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8

Earlier this year we told you about the ways we’re working to enhance our users’ chat experience on Skype, like improving push notifications and synchronising read messages across devices.  Right now, building great picture sharing capabilities is high on our list of priorities, and we’re excited to announce the feature will start rolling out to Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 users for the first time with today’s 2.21 update.  This will let you send photos to your friends and family, even when they’re offline.

What’s new in Skype 2.21 for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8:

  • Send photos

You can now send photos to one or more contacts and you can receive photos from friends and family who use an iPhone (V5.0 or above) or Windows Phone 8 or Windows Phone 8.1 device.  When you share photos to your contacts who use other platforms, they may receive a URL link to open the pictures. This is the first step: we’re working hard to build this new photo sharing experience across all of our platforms, so look out for more improvements over the coming months

  • See more conversation history

In chat view, you can now scroll up to load even more of your conversation history.

  • Text mark-up

Use text mark-up such as asterisks to make your text *bold* and underscores to make your text _italic_.

  • Add favorites from chat view

In chat view, tap the options button and add the contact you’re chatting with to your favourites.

  • Performance improvements

We’re focused on building a great app that puts conversations first by working hard on performance improvements.

Keep sharing your feedback and ideas for Skype for Windows Phone here, and to get the latest news and tips, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or join us on the Skype Community.

Get the updated version now from the Windows Phone Store.

8 thoughts on “Bringing photo sharing to Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8

  1. Great! Can’t wait for the update!

  2. That’s for wp8…but what about wp7?the app isn’t working and isn’t even downlodable anymore…any news about it?

  3. It’s great to see these features arrive. However, trying to add a photo to a group chat from the OneDrive folder causes the app to crash. L1020 on Preview for Developers, Update 1

  4. akalnutis said 3 months ago

    Ok I was really excited to hear this feature finally coming, but I now realise that it couldn’t be more useless.

    Why try to come up with some crazy weird way of sharing photos, instead of just using the same good way it works on desktops and android?
    We cannot receive anything from the desktop, it claims that I’m trying to send it via “old” file transfer system. OLD!? It’s a billion times superior than this nonsense you implemented here!
    Also why do you keep referring to the great desktop file sharing as old? Are you planning to replace it with this “new” garbage on the desktop as well? Why does Microsoft keep downgrading all their software and call it “new”?

    Also even with this “new” system we still cannot save any received images. What’s the point of that then?

    I said this many times already: WP8.1 has a file picker and a file saver. Just make it work exactly the same way it works on a desktop and android! It’s far superior. We can save our files that way and share any file, instead of just some photos!

  5. I don’t see this as the most useful change to Skype for Windows Phone. The biggest issue @Skype has is sluggish performance, constant crashing, and bloated code. The install is quite large. Resuming the app takes between 4 and 8 seconds to get to my chat, on a Lumia 925, and between my friend and I, have already crashed the app a number of times using new features.

  6. Great update by the way. It was high time photo sharing was implemented. Conversation history are much appreciated too.

    Performance improvements since 2.19 … eh, I haven’t seen anything different.

    The text markup is kinda there, but no one will know of it because it’s mentioned once, only in the changelog. It’s like using HTML code in a text message. Not everyone’s cup of tea.

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