Although much has been made about Skype for Windows Phone 8, the app was late to the initial release of the OS and hasn’t seen too much in the way of updates.
That has changed today though as version 126.96.36.199 is now live in the Store for downloading.
The update bumps the 188.8.131.523 release from weeks ago to a slightly newer build but absent of any new features that we can find. That leads us to believe that Microsoft is probably focusing more on the performance and reliability aspects of the popular VOIP app rather than adding more “stuff” to it. That’s probably for the best as we’ve noticed a few hiccups here and there with the service, including a constant sync with Microsoft Account and services, resulting in battery drainage and other issues.
Version 2.1 does not contain a specific changelog, so we’ll have to rely on your accounts to notice anything new, including better reliability for incoming calls and smoother performance. The app is still designated as a “Preview” meaning there are still some issues and tweaks that presumably need to be worked out before the app is finalized.
Update: One change that we've noticed is Skype contacts are no longer synced to the People Hub, which is a bit of a bummer. Then again, this seemed to be a source of problems when syncing, meaning it may return later once it is worked on.
You can grab Skype for Windows Phone 8 here in the Store. Thanks, Ken C., for the tip!