Thursday, October 18, 2012
Posted by Saad Hashmi at 2:21 PM —
There are certain apps that every Windows Phone user is at least interested in, and one of those is Microsoft's newest family member Skype. While the current app is pretty good, it falls short in supporting even all of the same features as its iOS and Android cousins. To answer the demands of annoyed fans, Microsoft has continuously promised to improve the Skype app.
Now we have received a first glimpse at the fruits of their labor: Skype for Windows Phone 8. The hands-on video was published to YouTube by the 'EverythingNewShow' channel, and while we've never heard of them prior to this clip, we are pretty darn sure this is legitimate.
The guided tour of the app shows off the all-new Skype app, which has been written with native code to integrate deeper into the operating system than the previous app. The presenter also points out that by using native code, users can experience the app without much battery drain. Other new features shown in the video include receiving Skype calls just as you would a normal phone call, jump into a Skype contact from the People Hub, and a new Favorites screen.
The video also accidentally shows off a working version of the Skype app for Windows 8, which is still unreleased but has been leaked before. From what we saw in this clip, that leak was spot on.
Check out the video for yourself after the break.
Via: Reddit (/r/WindowsPhone)