Just got a new Windows Phone? Good, because now you can download the completely new Skype Preview for WP8 from the Windows Phone Store.
This new version of Skype for Windows Phone 8 features the Messenger backend we've heard so much about, which now makes chat notifications and incoming calls instant without completely destroying your device's battery. In addition, Skype now integrates into the People Hub so you can merge your contacts and call someone directly from there. Incoming calls will appear just as though it were a phone call, and the app also provides fullscreen video chat. Finally, the interface has been completely rethought and remains a beautiful implementation of Metro.
But then the word 'Preview' pops up, and it causes some concern. Don't worry there are no serious problems with the app but it does remain incomplete. The official Skype Garage blog has published a massive list of known issues with the Preview app; here are some of the notable issues we spotted:
- No support for calls over Bluetooth audio.
- Incoming calls may be accepted over cellular if Wi-Fi is asleep when the screen is locked (Workaround: Call back after Wi-Fi has connected.)
- No support for rear camera video.
- May not display notifications for group chats when app is in background.
- Does not accept group calls when app is in background.
- No landscape support.
- Missed calls will not appear on the Skype live tile.
Before your freak out, Skype says that these problems and others listed in the post are all scheduled to be fixed/resolved. Still, we wanted to reduce your expectations a bit and make you aware of some of these problems (that Wi-Fi issue in particular could lead to big data bills).
For a quick overview of Skype for Windows Phone 8, check out the video after the break. For everyone else who has a supported device, click on the link or scan the QR code to update to the new version now. (Note: Update is rolling out gradually across the globe, so be patient if it's not available yet.)
Via: Skype Garage
by Microsoft Corporation