Skype Windows 8

Microsoft has today announced a new version of its Skype client is available to download for Windows 8. The new version supports high-definition video calling, improvements to the video messaging preview and implements various general fixes. We last looked at the Windows Skype client back in March when the company added call blocking

HD video is restricted to select scenarios. The functionality depends on the sender's webcam and available network bandwidth, as well as the receiver's setup. Currently it's possible to stream 720p video and receive 1080p footage. How's it possible to receive higher quality video than is possible to send? Remember that Skype clients are available on a variety of platforms.

We noted video messaging alongside the calling feature above. This update improves the video messaging preview, enabling users to share video messages with contacts, even if they're offline. Video messaging is now easier to locate with improved notifications in this latest release. As well as the HD video calling and messaging, Microsoft has also addressed the following:

  • File transfer Sender missing file sent history if restarts app before completing the send
  • Crash after the sender initiates file transfer and moves back to conversation
  • Call connect Crash when reconnect attempts in some situations
  • Notifications Crash when clicking on notification in some situations

The following issues with video messaging are already documented:

  • Video message should be displayed in chat history but doesn’t display at the moment
  • Video message thumbnail redirects to record flow instead of playback when cache has been cleared

You can download Skype from the Windows Store. Thanks, TheJoester09, for the tip!