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Skype beta testing new Video Messages feature, leaves out Windows Phone

Skype Video Messages

This week Skype has been rolling out a beta of a feature called Video Messages to users. Basically you can send video messages to contacts that are up to three minutes in length. The internet has had hints of this feature since early December, so you’re stoked to try it out on your Windows Phone right? Nope. No love from Skype for any Windows users – desktop or phone.

In a bizarre move by a Microsoft-owned Skype, Video Messages is initially only available for iOS, Android, and Mac users. That’s right, there isn’t a way for you to create or playback Video Messages from the Skype client for Windows Phone or Windows 8. You can receive those messages, but it’s just a link to play it back online.

Video Messages is still an early beta, but it’s disappointing to not get to try it on out inside the Microsoft ecosystem. Instead, I had to fire up my Instagram machine iPhone 4 to check it out. Sure enough, you’ve got the option to Video Message alongside the options for video calls, voice calls, or sending photos.

Sure, Skype is basically a company within a company, but it’s a bit of a letdown to not see it available to the operating systems of that company it is a part of.

Source: The Verge

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WinFan1 says:

All right the all caps thing is a little unneeded bro we are all upset with the news quit making a mountain out of a molehill.

Skype for Windows Phone 8 is rubbish shame on microshit I'm so so disappointed at microshit.
Man I can't believe they just betrayed us like that after we've been so patient I just can't believe that im sick of my WP after three months when it took. Me years to get like this with crapple

giorgio h says:

Go home microsoft your drunk.

ricocchet says:

Lacklustre support from other app developers I can understand at the moment, but a MICROSOFT developed program exclusing MICROSOFT WINDOWS 8 PHONES is just UNNACEPTABLE...
 
Come on MIcrosoft you NEED to get this WP8 right this time!
 
I am a fan, but we deserve better, after all we purchased WP8 and put $ in your pockets!

Squadromeo says:

Probably someone high-up at Skype did like the fact that MS bought their company and is now taking the piss out of Microsoft.
I guess MS has got some inhouse cleaning to do....

afgzee says:

I can see the deep integration skype support that is apparently coming soon will be complete crap too, just like the facebook integration.

sdreamer says:

Take away WLM then leave us out of new features for the software they're making us move to.... That's a slapping us in the face.

YOU go microshit don't do nothing for your OS AND do everything for everybody else KEEP ON RELEASING AND UPDATING APPS FOR EVERYBODY ELSE BUT WINDOWS PHONE.

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FAREWELL MICROSHIT HOPE IN 10 MORE YEARS YOU LEARN FROM THIS AND CLEAN AND ORGANIZE YOUR HOUSE FIRST BEFORE ANYONE ELSE

Sean Davison says:

I don't know how this new feature in Skype works, but the ability to send video's already exists in WP. Is it because it's not branded as "skype" that's bothering people?
MS said Skype functionality will be built into the messaging hub. So while maybe ignoring the updates on the skype app is unaccepptable to some, could it be that this is the reason??

If you can wipe away the shitty tears, and pull yourself away from this complaint session long enough to actually read the article you'll notice that this is actually available to premium users.
So in this long-ass thread of compliants, finger pointing, trashing, and threatening to leave (please do!) I haven't seen many of you actually say YOU ARE A PREMIUM USER!
If you aren't the why don't you try giving the options of STFU a try?

paulxxwall says:

20 free then you have to be premium..all this talk about how Skype is going to work where do we get this info from Skype is an app now "Skype integration " in to os I can't find a final release date. Or what's yet to come for us ..nothing so I wonder where is this "supposed Skype integration"info is coming from is it just wishful thinking?

MDboyz says:

It is because skype will be intergrated into WP OS.  That is why there are only version for Android and iOS.

Jazmac says:

Well said.  I say let IOS and Android BETA test it. Somebody has to work out the bugs and road test it. Why not them?

At best this is really poor communications on MS part, if they are planning a deep integration of Skype.  When announcing the Beta for iOS & Android all they had to to was say we are busy working on a update for Skype for WP which is coming soon, so stay tuned.  Just announcing the iOS & Android betas without mentioning something coming for WP is a bigger problem then not having a new beta release.  
Since we know Messenger will be going away soon, & it is currently built into the WP OS, I think it is safe to assume it will be replaced by Skype.  Can this be done without a full fledged firmware update?  If not integrating Skype into the OS will mean a even longer wait for updates then we have now.

This is why customers are leaving to another OS like Android/IOS and that's because MICROSHIT doesn't give a pinch about costumes. That's the difference between MICROSHIT and apple, APPLE LET THEIR COSTUMERS KNOW ABOUT ANY CHANGES IN THE OS THROUGH THEIR DEVELOPERS WHEN THEY GIVE A COPY OF THE FIRMWARE WITH A PREVIEW OF WHAT'S GONNA COME NEXT OR THEY TELL THE IPHONE USERS THAT THEY'RE Working ON A FIX OR SOMETHING NO LIKE MICROSHIT THAT THINKS THAT WE'RE OBLIGATED TO BUY THEIR PRODUCTS AND THEN TELL US YOU BOUGHT IT NOW SIT DOWN AND USE WHAT WE GAVE YOU.

lavo96 says:

Amazing how a story changes between the different Mobile Nations websites.  According to Android Central, this was a beta for only a small number of Mac, iOS and Android users - not all of them.  To me that smells of the beta being a skunkwork project for some fo the Mac devs at Skype.  For those complaining about the beta not being available on WP, this comment from the Android forums says it all:
 
"It showed up on my phone yesterday and my Skype has been dysfunctional since. Trouble signing in, trouble getting video feed, hang-ups which require a battery pull...
Explain why I don't get to opt in to a beta test, but instead have non-functional crap foisted on me?"
 
 

 
I don't think the Skype division said to themselves we know this is crappy so we won't give it to Windows Phone users, just our competitor OS's.  It may very well be crap but that's not the reason they didn't include WP.
As far as it being terrible on Android with all the ROM, radio & kernel flashing that goes on with Android who knows if the problem is strictly due to Skype.

lavo96 says:

I was more thinking that it was an internal project done by the Mac devs at Skype, and it was released in a small beta to see if it would work (and more to the point, be used).  Its possible that it was easier to plumb in the video message capailbity in the mac/ios/android skype clients than the WP client - and also remove it if it turned out to be a dud that no one uses.  For all we know, Skype might be intergrated into the OS for the next version on WP, which then relies on MS releasing updates for fixes. 

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