SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has updated its Skype application on Windows 8 with a video messaging feature, for those who can't be bothered to type.
Unsurprisingly, this new Skype feature, which is available now in Preview form, lets the handful of Windows 8 owners in the wild record a message to send to a friend. Video messages can be sent even if the recipient is unavailable, so you can give your friends a surprise when they return online.
We're not sure that we would use this feature, and we're not entirely sure who would, but it's there, for those who want it.
Microsoft is warning that as it's a Preview release, it might be a bit buggy. However, it is asking users to offer feedback so it can improve the feature.
Microsoft said, "As we continue to test Video Messaging in its early release, we'd love to hear your feedback so we can continue to make improvements. Please let us know what you think of this feature by posting in the Skype Support Network."
The updated Skype application can be downloaded now for free, and is compatible with Windows 8 and Windows RT.
The release of an updated Skype application comes just days after Microsoft announced that it has integrated Skype into Outlook.com, enabling users to make video calls through the online email service.
"We all face those situations where it's just easier to jump on a call to talk something through," Skype senior director Simon Longbottom said.
"Sometimes that quick call can accomplish more than a long email reply. That's why we are bringing Skype audio and video calling to your Outlook.com inbox." µ