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Microsoft updates its Skype app for Windows Phone 8

Adds HD video support for smartphones
Tue Mar 19 2013, 11:35

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft is rolling out an update for its Windows Phone 8 Skype app, delivering features such as HD 720p HD video chat and bringing back People Hub integration.

In Skype for Windows Phone version 2.4, Microsoft said it has focused on "increasing quality and reliability while also adding new capabilities based on customer feedback".

Video calling is touted as the major update in the release, offering VGA video on lower end handsets and HD 720P on higher end devices including the Nokia Lumia 920, HTC Windows Phone 8X and Samsung Ativ S. The app also determines the best quality available based on the speed of your connection.

"Additionally, we've added landscape mode for calls, and the ability to switch between front and back cameras for you to chat in the most comfortable way possible," Skype's head of mobile Derek Snyder said in a blog post.

Those who noticed the disappearance of Skype's People Hub integration in the most recent Windows Phone 8 update will be pleased to hear that the feature is back, making it easier to start conversations on Skype when the app isn't running.

The option to switch between accounts has also been added to the update. "Just tap on your profile picture and choose 'switch accounts' from the menu," Snyder explained.

One thing that users of the Skype app for Windows Phone could miss, however, is integration of direct support for the Video Messaging feature. For the time being, Skype for Windows Phone users can still receive those messages, but can't send them.

The Windows Phone 8 Skype app update is available now from the Windows Phone store. µ


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