Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 gets version bump, loss of functionality as it attempts to fix stability issues

Daniel Bader

January 3, 2013 11:28am


Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 has been bumped to version 2.1, gaining a few improvements and losing a major feature in the quest to ensure long-term stability for the app.

See, when the Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 was released shortly after the platform’s first devices, it proved to be a canary in the coalmine for a larger issue with the OS. Phones were randomly rebooting and, when reset, were getting caught in a dreaded boot loop. The blame was put on Skype’s integration with WP8’s People Hub, so in version 2.1 Microsoft has temporarily disabled that functionality.

There are some new features, though:

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

Skype also promises “significantly improved the reliability of presence and chat and call notifications when the app is closed,” and “improved call reliability,” both of which are essential for the long-term success of a VoIP app.

In all, it’s a nice little upgrade, especially considering it’s not yet officially released. The Preview will continue for as long as necessary, according to Microsoft, and they’re working with the Windows Phone team to reinstate People Hub integration as soon as possible.

Download Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8.

Source: Microsoft
Via: WPCentral

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  • Eduardo

    I was tempted to move to windows phone last month, I am glad I am still with Android. I pay for the service and I would have been very upset; specially since Microsoft now owns Skype. I really hope Windows & RIM up their games & Ubuntu actually manages to lure enough devs to be a viable option, more/better competition will push Android and iOS to get better.

  • TheBoze

    So Microsoft buys Skype, and then proceeds to develop a Skype app that kills their flagship product in mobile?

    you go girl.

  • Matthew

    so was it skype that killed my optimus 7 then causing it to get stuck at boot? if so should MSFT get me a new phone?

  • Neil

    Can you install Skype and not be forced to integrate your Facebook friends ? Definitely will not use/install Skype until they disable this “feature”

  • glonq

    Microsoft ruins every company it acquires. Remember what happened to Danger? (hint: the Kin phone was the result)