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Skype for Windows Phone receives minor update

Skype 8.1 Update

Skype has received some love since the Windows Phone 8.1 Preview for Developers was released. Microsoft unveiled some handy new features to come and today we noticed an update available for the Windows Phone client. Unfortunately, it's not a major release and we're looking at only general improvements and bug fixing, but it's a bump in versions nonetheless.

That small change log is pulled from the store listing, which now shows version 2.16.0.274. Let us know in the comments should you spot anything new in this latest release.

You can download Skype from the Windows Phone Store. Cheers, Nino, for the tip!

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Skype for Windows Phone receives minor update

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Yeah - the default was set to update automatically and to update only on WiFi. Changed the WiFi part - LTE is faster then my WiFi

No, I live in London. I get average speeds of 6mbps over LTE and average speeds of 5mbps via broadband. So my data is actually faster. However have a 5gb limit over data. Broadband is unlimited

better it can send notice of list of updated apps in notice centre. But I disable auto update across devices and Win 8 PC cos I don't like to be f***ed quietly.

Just wondering but does it drink a lot of battery juice? Have all my stuffs running normal cuz I hate disabling in favor of battery life. Wouldn't be a smart phone will it?

Is there any way to change voip client viber instead of skypein wp 8.1? my friends prefer viber and i too feel viber far better than skype

I prefer to decide myself when to update. Usually I skip x.0.0 versions. :-) Besides that I like to check what changed.

All MS apps should be. The ugly red news tile backside, the green music and games tiles are ruining my start screen.

I agree. Microsoft should at least provide an option to use the accent/background color in the live tile. Otherwise, many users like me would either not pin the tile to the start screen or make the tile as small as possible.

Attention, app developers! If you want your app's live tile to occupy a prominent place on our start screens, make your live tile follow the accent/background color.

And what's with the new live tiles of the Nokia HERE apps? Nokia did so well with the old live tiles that used the accent color. Why did they change the tiles to use a fixed color? Nokia, bring back the old live tiles!

Nokia did so well ? Actually, none of my nokia apps have accent coloured tiles, all are purple or light blue, damn it ! Including the nokia camera.
And i dont even get my pictures on the storyteller live tile for some reason, what can be worse ? Its just a solid pathetic purple !

I did specify Nokia "HERE" apps, didn't I? The old HERE apps like Nokia Maps, Drive, Transit and CityLens had accent-colored live tiles before Nokia decided to use a fixed dark blue color. Some of the Nokia apps still use the accent color, including Nokia Car App, which I pinned to the start screen instead of HERE Drive+.

All Nokia apps when I got my phone almost a year ago followed the phones accent color. Then after each update one more app lost this amazing feature. Now only Nokia Care, Nokia Xpress, PhotoBeamer, Lumia storage checker (beta) and the old non functioning version of Play To (replaced by Nokia Play To) supports accent colored live tile.

Rich - question...
WPC wrote an article saying Here Drive➕ is now free.

How so?
The price has gone up by 30% since 8.1 launched

Nokia said Drive+ is free on 8.1

8.1 is not out, people are enjoying 8.1 Preview. So like for all the other apps waiting for an update, just wait for the final release.

Why would Nokia change their price for Drive+ when 8.1(RTM) is not even released?

Thanks for the explanation.
The reasons why Nokia increased the price has to do with Nokia business practices not you.
The price was increased from R450 to R599, which I will gladly pay.

The issue is that WPC ran an article which said it was free.

I have an 8X with Windows Phone 8.1 and got HERE Drive+ downloaded from the regular HERE Drive when I updated to 8.1

We need these app updates in a month or two! At least the big shots should get updated to WP8.1 before roll out of new hardware in May and June!

Well i think we will see lot of 8.1 updates even before the official ota gets released. It's been out 2 days and you guys are already screaming for updates.

It takes time to make the changes for thw wp8.1 for the apps too.

Just used my store app update functionality earlier and saw that. shame it isnt the update that makes all the magic happend with the messaging hub

There is no Messaging hub in WP 8.1. There's only a SMS app.
In fact there are no hubs except for the People app still kinda reminding a hub.
The "put people first" paradigm is officialy gone. It's "put apps first" now.

The Games and Office hubs are still here. But I agree, it does seem that Microsoft has stepped back from the concept of hubs. I wish they would go all out in hubs. App folders are static and nothing special.

"Games" is not a hub. It's just a slow-ass App alike that on WinRT.
With a non-functional games list, that won't let you uninstall games or display recently played ones.

Meanwhile, the all apps list in WP 8.1 has no new features to make up for it being longer now.

But I understand that the objective of WP development is bringing on new users, that want WP to be more like Android. Not about keeping a few early adopters happy. After all, most of us are here to stay no matter what.

Message sync still doesn't work properly. Still have to restart Skype to get it to update, if Skype was in background. And sometimes even if it was closed already to.

I just noticed this in the app store that when you press back, it takes you through every page I.e. App you have visited. This kinda sucks...

When the app launches there should be a launch start display then the app should open . Currently it opens with loading that seems bad

I enjoy Windows Phone 8.1 very much, but I'm shocked how far behind Skype for Windows Phone still is compared to iOS and Android. I really believed we were going to see something more special in Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 I still can't send an SMS from skype on Windows Phone, on WP 8 it was a lottery if Skype was ringing or not, haven't tried it in WP 8.1 yet.

I'm hoping we get a big 3.0 update for 8.1 with lots of new things and so on.  Otherwise these little updates are ok but the app is still lacking I'd say.

Word-flow keyboard is so great I just typing shit on my phone for the heck of it. Never tried swype on android but this is freaking awesome!

I'm loving Swype. We just need now few updates ie Xbox music update and firmware update which will drain battery less as we have got a major update tujhsa why battery is draining quickly as WP performs multiple function.
Note:- I'm not whining for updates

Am I the only one on the planet running the 8.1 version of Facebook? Sent a tip with a link to WPCentral and got nothing. Can now upload videos and integrates with the People hub.

Integrates? It only links you to the Facebook app to open another contact page.

You can't even start a chat now from the People app (no longer a hub).

Integration my ass.

Actually, I am seeing signs of integration. My People hub appears to have pulled my Facebook groups from the Favebook app. I have never used any of the baked-in FB functionality.

I think this update activates the 'Skype' button in a normal phone call that was demonstarted at Build. I've just tried it...it's quite slow but it did work!

Third party Facebook Apps have lots of issues due to how people's privacy settings affect API usage. E.g. many people have selected that their data is not to be shared with Apps and those people won't even show up using the API. The only exception to this are the official facebook apps.

Am I the only one no longer receiving live tile updates and notifications via the notification center for most of my apps. Specifically I dont get anymore updates via live tile from my wpc app nor have I had any notifications via the center from my wpc app? Also I never got notification center alerts that the store had apps to update untill I manually checked. And I'm set to not auto download apps. Shouldn't I have gotten a alert to APp update in the notification center?

i have problem with my xbox games! everytime i opened it, it said "Couldn't open that. Try again. What the hell is happen actually?? i've shut down my phone so many times, in the end, the same thing happend again! i feel so uncomfortable for this matter. Please fix it! :( and i dun even like my games listed on apps list.. And why xbox music is no longer for live tiles?? is this windows phone 8.1 that we gonna face soon? even the preview looks sucks. i'm so regret for update it. anyone help me.. :(

Hi.
With the latest update you are forced to use a Microsoft account to login.. There is no option to login using a Skype account!!!

Is just me ?

I can't log in either. I have an old Skype account with Skype-In/Skype-Out services and now it won't let me log in. Instead it's asking for my Microsoft account. This is BS.

Why I am not able to use Skype when I open Skype everything is working in voice speech I can't login because only voice speech active in Skype

What a piece of shit application. After the update, sometimes I can't send a message. All the developers of this crap should be fired asap.

Now with the 8.1. update I am actually getting messages and notifications instantly after they're sent to me. Before 8.1. when someone called me via Skype my phone would only make sounds and not display any info, even on the Live Tile and with the notifications turned ON in the settings. The app is pretty much fixed to me in that respect now.

Since the update on my 920 I no longer can see text replies from people. My tablet and win 8 PC still do, just not on the phone.

I have a 920 also, I only see replies if I open skype. I don't get notifications on cellular data, but when I connect to wifi I'll get notifications. Does that happen to you also?

Side note: my flash for the camera also doesn't work since updating to 8.1

A few microsoft apps and nokia apps do not allow "skin" (transparent). That is a shame. Transparent tiles are way better looking.......

I'm facing the same problem. Cant go beyond the screen narrator. Clicking login doesn't work. It just keeps talking...