Skype for Windows Phone updated with support for Cortana, Action Center
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Skype for Windows Phone updated with Cortana support

Microsoft has release a new version of Skype for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 that adds, among other things, add support for its new Cortana digital assistant.

The new 2.19 version of the app allows U.S. users who have Windows Phone 8.1 installed on their devices can now begin calls just by using Cortana. Microsoft says, "Now you can start Skype video and audio calls by simply asking Cortana something like "Skype get Lara Kingwell on the screen".

In addition the new version lets 8.1 users swipe down to see any emails, texts and Skype updates in the Action Center feature. It also lets users edit their last sent message, which might come in handy for folks who type something up quickly.

The app has also increased the number of languages from just 19 to 51. Finally, there's some performance improvements for the app's push notifications in this update.

You can download Skype 2.19 from the Windows Phone Store right now. What do you think of this new Skype version and, if you have Windows Phone 8.1, will you use the Cortana feature?

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Skype for Windows Phone updated with Cortana support

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at least they could add an option for solid blue and transparent
still
- slow
- poor settings
- can't remove from list account
iOS Skype is still better

if onedrive and outlook and every other MS app runs better and has more features on Android than WP8, than im sure skype is no different. So far i dont see anything exclusive on the WP8, but are still lacking features that have been around for months on other platforms 

Y don't u add a loading screen as a Skype logo Instead of black screen Showing loading ... Dat seems like app hung up :/

I cannot stand the new tile... it looks so out of place with all the other apps now. It was the perfect size before. Seems like a minor issue but man is it annoying.

I can't stand how a product now owned by Microsoft, still does not have a transparent tile for their latest mobile OS!

I'm running a 1520 and i can say there is nothing fast about this app. Its slow and buggy. Microsoft needs to step up their game!

Where is file transfer to send images!!!!!!

 

It's 2014 Microsoft we have been asking for this feature since windows phone 7.0!
Give the users what they want!

This +925 When I saw the news I was so happy, and hoping this was a far bigger update than what it really is. I mean iOS and android have better skype than wp :/

At least give us the option to share content, I mean really It's 2014 and we still don't have this. It's rediculous...

A limited version of it for WP7.5. Also, fun fact, it had landscape mode for typing. WP8 version still hasn't.

This is one of my biggest complaints with Skype. Other than it is slow, I don't see why file transfer is not available on Windows Phone. Is available on Android and Windows 8. This is a simple mistake that becomes an issue for some. Replace messaging with Skype like Google Hangouts for Android and add file transfer. Should have been one of the first features on Skype.

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since notification and app folder have been introduced on wp8...i find it easy to keep all IM apps in a folder

I don't really care about the transparency... I want to ask MS when will Skype really become useful.... i.e. text message, phone call, contacts, etc integration... By the way , its already 4 years late

Because they make edit improvements and integrate it with Cortana and you call it worse.  Logic is not your strong suit.

Wow... Cortana! Very useful TO 5% of WP users.

Can you please stop eating Microsoft lies? I'm so done if they don't get their *hit together by this fall. I'm tired of making lies to my friends how WP are soooo coool and different. My friend was right. It's all about the apps. Who cares about the design? I don't anymore.

Features were added to Skype.

Skype app is better for it.

I fail to see the lie(s) I am supposed to be 'eating'.

Yet they still failed to add file transfer. Can't send pictures on a big app on your own platform but the functionality exists on your competitors. They need to stop giving other platforms the latest features and updates first. The Cortana feature for Skype is a nice addition. Always good to add new and useful stuff, but if your app on your own platform is still not on par with your app on competing platforms, you are wasting your time. Mirror functionality first then work on new updates with favoritism and first release on your own platforms.

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I'm sure it's useful to more than 5% of the users. However, that doesn't matter. There are improvements in this update. Unless somehow performance decreased or they removed feature, logically this update can't be worse than the previous version. There are still improvements needed, but that doesn't make taymur's statement correct.

It was nice of them to add cortana integration to an app so bad I never use it. Seems like it would be a better use of their time to make the app decent first or at least at the same time as adding Cortana integration.

Seriously? Improvements? I'm sure they wont write in their change log that they made it worse.

They added fast resume with those improvements...
. Lets see how many here agrees with the fast resume.

That's a big plus. I counted to 20 recently when my phone locked between messages in a conversation and I had to unlock to go back into Skype. This is absolutely unacceptable performance and Skype is really the only terrible offender on my phone like that. Hopefully this fixes that.

I thought this was the same functionality that TellMe provided. I thought with Cortana, we wouldn't have to say app names first, like with TellMe. I thought the point was to be more conversational.

"Skype call Jane" or say "Call Jane's Skype" or "Call Jane on Skype" and she will follow.

For some reason she doesn't follow when you say "via Skype"..

That's all nice and all but can we get basic features like sending photos? At least get all the other features of other platforms? Make it faster to. Hate this resuming/loading screen. It's like the only so on my 920 that does it.

The loading is much much faster right now. Only been using it a few minutes, but it seems almost instantaneous.

Edit.... well.. almost :)

The first couple of times that opened the app it was slow for me but everyone at work were watching the FIFA world cup over wireless instead of the TVs that company has to show important stuff; now the game is over it does resume really quick.

Well one feature has finally been added it seems: Calling a user from a URI (skype:emailaddress?call). A life saver for my project.

Same I reallllly dont give a shit about the voice activated calling. Please just build out skype for the phone. I want to be able to use skype dedicatedly. I dont want the nice features I want the real ones.

Amen to that. I keep WhatsApp around for the sole purpose of sending photos to people. Those photos that are part of a conversation, you know, not photographs worth keeping, because the quality isn't that good when sent via WhatsApp. If Skype supported file transfer I wouldn't have any need for other messaging apps...

I've never received pictures from friends in emails. They either send MMS or WhatsApp. Email is more of a business tool than a way to share pictures with friends.

The only time any friends used email for pictures was to share links to sites where they have hundreds of photos hosted.

Because you have no friends?

Most of people i know still emails pictures through email or uses services such as OneDrive

Stop being ignorant

Sorry for being straight with you. This must be the dumbest comment ever. If most people you know use emails to send pictures, it doesn't mean that other people have to do the same! I also only receive pictures via messages and group messages. It's really annoying to see people only seeing things from their perspective and bashing others that don't do things like they do. To me, this is ignorance. Please keep an open mind

Skype is business oriented as well and it gives a bad image to my clients when they ask to send images right away and I gave to tell them please wait for an email. Besides file sharing is a common feature on all similar platforms since a decade ago.

I'm not a business user, but I need WhatsApp for picture sharing. Skype is not good as an IM app without file sharing. I don't have much use for the calling features of Skype and never use video calling. It could be a replacement for WhatsApp if it didn't lack features.

Well since sending photos via email on WP results in them being sent at a reduced resolution that really isnt a good solution.

Now it's time for Twitter to update their app, we've seen Twitter beta leak like 2months ago.... and still it's not here.

Why Skype is showing loading written screen while starting the app they should put splash screen image of Skype like windows 8/8.1 app.

It never has been a battery hog like Rooms or Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp or Line or Hike or WeChat has been. Skype was a battery hog in 2012 but no one could use it anyway. Now it is always non-intrudingly online in the cloud. It obviously drains battery when you video call for an hour, but so does watching a movie on 4G.

Not fast resume in my Lumia 1020 with 8.1
I can't see my contacts online (and they are because I can see them at Outlook.com)
Also, the app still is very limited compared with Skype for desktop.
I hoped more improvements of that update. it's a pity :(

Fast App Resume works brilliant on my L820. It loads from multitasking in 0-3 seconds. It's not constant, but better than 5-6 seconds.

The Cortana functionality is nice a bonus, but OMG I've been waiting for Action Centre integration for months. So happy to have this now!

I'm confused, what's different with this Skype in Action Centre?  My current Skype notifications have already appeared in there this whole time.

Yaa u can do it of your outlook contacts are synced. When u call someone u will have call options while calling in that one of them,would be video call. Tap on it and it would give u an option to select Skype to call the person whom you want too

Seems like both devices need to be 8.1. I could be wrong, but that is what i found in my testing.

One would think that Microsoft employees would use the changelog/New In This Version section in Windows Phone 8.1........

I don't get any notifications on Skype and as soon as I exit the app, it makes me offline to all my contacts. What happened to always being online? This app is completely hopeless.

I have the same issue, its useless! And it can be even worse when I'm using it through my phone's data plan, that way I can ever see who's online or text them.

still slow...takes ages to open and no file transfer yet seriously.....is this massive update Joe was talking about??/

Who runs Skype at Microsoft? Coz I wanna harass them with Tweets until they bring it to parity with other platforms! Why on earth would u make their experience better than ur own f#ckin platform!!!

The sad part is it seems like way too many people in the WP "community" think that harrassing or shaming MS into doing stuff is a good thing to do.

Well nothing else seems to work and people are tired of having crappy experiences with MS products on an MS platform. So until Microsoft does something about these subpar experiences, shame on!

News of the ability to attach files in 2017 and the update to it in 2019..... I think I will be going for iPhone 6 now.... there Skype is updated before news comes out

as a Microsoft Product on a Microsoft platform of OS, I have expected that this so "upcoming update for the 8.1" would bring a Huge improvment, one that would bypass the IOS version.

I was expecting status updates on the People Hub.

I was expecting more basic features such as sending files  or even just images. Skype can send videos via the send Video Message thing. but cant add existing one, which i find absurd. although i know it works differently.

and much awesome other things such as faster startup, on the older version, each time you open skype it logs into your skype account all over again, but i thought for myself, "Isn't skype already intergrated into my microsoft account? and Isn't my microsoft account already on the phone? why does it have to log-me-in all the time to the skype account" although i have to admit that now i cant see the reconnecting thing, but i still didnt check if it just for the display.

 

I hope that there is another update incoming :)
 

Umm... it's coming to many countries at launch if you haven't been paying attention.  This is still in Beta phase.

So MS is selling WP as a phone that does business. Skype, their own platform can't even send a damn file. I'm like "wait ill send you the image through email" and my clients are probably rolling their eyes wondering why not right away with Skype. SKYPE. Seriously. It can't be that hard and is one of the most requested features since WP7!

"Receiving files is not supported on this device" :( I was expecting this update to bring it to the same level as the new iOS app.... I hope that's not the "big" June update they had promised..

Its weird that the Windows Phone 8.1 version of a MS owned app is the weakest. All the same, at least its still getting updates.

Still can't add attachments or photos to my messages on Windows Phone. Who the heck cares about Cortana support? Bring the basic features FIRST!

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