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Skype 2.1 update for Windows Phone 8 detailed

The Skype team have published a new entry on the official blog that details changes applied in the latest version of the popular message and calling app for Windows Phone 8. Version 2.1 was recently pushed to the latest hardware running on Microsoft's platform. We previously looked at the update and noticed a number of changes, but with the official changelog it's now easier to list everything that's included in the release. So what's new in 2.1?

As mentioned above, previously we noticed that Skype contacts are no longer synchronised with the People Hub, which is confirmed in the changelog. This has been temporarily disabled due to issues with device stability. The team reports they are indeed working with the folk from Windows Phone to sort out issues raised and hopefully the functionality will return in a future update.

Issues fixed in this release:

  •  Significantly improved the reliability of presence and chat and call notifications when the app is closed
  • Calling Improved call reliability
  • Chat In some cases, chat messages would appear in incorrect order. Chat messages will now appear in correct order, by timestamp

As well as bug fixes, optimisations and reliability improvements, the 2.1 update also contains the following:

  • Updated chat keyboard with improved autocomplete/autocorrect is now available
  • Buddies from Windows Live Messenger are labelled in the People list
  • Added option to enable toast notifications for Windows Live Messenger buddies

It's a positive release that shows the team is working valiantly to squash all bugs present in the app and to improve the overall experience. While it's not a perfect solution for the service on Windows Phone, we're slowly getting there. Remember folks, the app is still a preview and is by no means a final version.

You can download Skype from the Windows Phone Store for free.

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Skype 2.1 update for Windows Phone 8 detailed

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I tried this last night and with the app closed (back button to home screen) I made a call from my sons Skype account on a PC to mine and within a couple seconds the phone rang and I was able to connect the call.

Yes this works fine buy did your account show up online in your son's account? I tried the same from my wife's Touchpad and the call came through to my Lumia 920 after I had quit Skype. However, on my wife's Touchpad, I showed up offline which I think can be very confusing/ misleading.

For me Skype works fine, I use more on my wins 8 computers than phone so they can take their time and get it right no hurry for me.

The timestamp for chat is still messed up.  It bunches all your chats together by person.  For example a chat I had with my wife looks like this instead of interlacing them as they come in.  It groups it.

wife: '1st message'  9am
wife: '2nd message' 9:15 am
wife: '3rd message' 9:40 am

me: '1st message' 9:05am
me: '2nd message' 9:20am
me: '3rd message' 9:43am

At least there's one app creator that is on board, trying to male an amazing app for windows phone. They aren't intentionally half assing it to be cool in front of their apples and android buddies.

Even if the app is not synchronized anymore with people hub, toast notifications are finally working well with messages and calls as well...so much better then before so far.
Now just miss the synchronization in the hub.
Please upgrade soon...

That's what baffles me. Why is it still a 'preview'? Shouldn't development be accelerated for a Microsoft platform? Should have baked this into the platform. Kind of disappointed with this but at least now we have a recently working app.

In my book, any current version of anything is the current final version. Preview? Does that just mean we should be like, "oh, ok. So that's why its subpar?"

I still remember when wp8 was supposed to be super Skype integrated and badass. Granted, I don't really mind either way but yea.

It's probably gonna be integrated by 2014. Some ground was layed in WP8, as in the possibility of plugging into the people hub and make the phone "ring" after receiving a push notification. Now they have to finish building the new Skype client, while Skype servers are probably still being rebuilt to work in an orderly client-server fashion like Messenger instead of the ragtag p2p style of the old Skype.
Meanwhile some other genius at Microsoft decided to start partially fusing Messenger with Skype, which doesn't really help the cause, and creates a confusing mess of tripled contacts.

What I don't get is, what we were shown at launch of WP8 - was that a beta app too? I do find it lame when apps showcased are preview and betas for a good quarter of the year thereafter on any OS!

Not sure if anyone has mentioned but for the update to work its best to uninstall Skype and reinstall worked for me background Skype now seems fine

This tip was missing, not receiving notifications, uninstall and installed now receive notifications locked phone, did not happen before doing this, thanks.

So after a lot of whining and complaining it seemed to do the trick lol! Idk what I did or how but Skype works great now. I can agree things are missing and its def no where near what was advertised at the keynote but its good.

Got gf to send me a message with it not running and running in the background, didn't receive anything unless its slow to receive.

I also had the same issue after updating to the new version. I then uninstalled and re-installed Skype on both (me and wife's phone). Since then i have no issues. I am getting the notifications immediately and lock-screen and the live tile both are showing the message count.

Mine was occasionally freezing too (cant turn phone on when its on standby, have to do a reset). Since updating Skype it happened 3 times in yesterday, its never been that regular to freeze.

I've uninstalled it now (use it mainly on my surface anyway) and I'll see if that was the issue.

It says they are working with Microsoft? MS should send a team of developers and designers over to Skype.

Once they are together have them use face time and the chat client on the iPhone for a few days. Then make Skype better than that.

Skype just doesn't feel like it's a seamless part of WP8.