Skype cozies up with Bing Chat in latest preview update

Skype redesign in 2022
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What you need to know

  • Your Skype contacts will now be prioritized in the Contacts tab.
  • It'll now be easier for users to differentiate a Skype-to-Skype call from a Skype-to-Phone call.
  • Skype will let you directly check the weather in real-time from the desktop client.
  • The new features are available in the latest Insider preview build of Skype.

Microsoft has been busy at work shipping updates to Skype in the past couple of months, which led to the incorporation of AI capabilities and enhanced translation features into the platform.

As it happens, Microsoft has released another update, though this one is for Insiders. It brings Skype to version It includes several new features as well as the usual reliability fixes. 

First, you can check out the weather condition in real-time directly from Skype's desktop client. Microsoft also indicated that users can get a detailed account by clicking the weather icon.

Skype UI with weather app details on the right

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It'll also be easier for users to differentiate a Skype-to-Skype call from a Skype-to-Phone call. Users can also hop on a Skype-to-Skype call and create links from the Calls tab. Now, the Phone tab will feature your Skype Number, credit balance, available international call subscriptions, and Skype credit recharge options for easier accessibility and better monitoring of resources.

Skype call log with contact details, subscription

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Microsoft has also made it easier for users to identify everyone in their contact list that's on Skype by placing their details at the top of the Contacts tab. The company has also highlighted that this improvement will be rolled out across all platforms.

Users can now tap into any of Bing Chat's prompts in the Bing 1:1 chat to jump into a conversation and select the desired prompt they'd like to submit. Microsoft added that the chatbot's prompts would be reshuffled immediately after each interaction and when the platform is restarted.

Additionally, Skype now features the Bing toolbox that can be used to categorize your prompts and chats while using Bing Chat. The tool is found at the top right corner of the Bing 1:1 chat in Skype and ships with the following usage scenarios: Education, Social Media, Travel, Creativity, Entertainment, Language, Sports, Technology, and more.

Bing tool box options

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Other notable additions include instant access to Bing Chat for first-time Skype users and auto-play for audio messages sent consecutively for a better listening experience.

The update also fixes the "search bar blocking visibility of the top chat in the conversation list on iPad" issue. Microsoft cited that the features should be rolling out to users gradually over the next few days, so it's possible that you might not be able to access them immediately.


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Kevin Okemwa

Kevin Okemwa is a seasoned tech journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya with lots of experience covering the latest trends and developments in the industry. With a passion for innovation and a keen eye for detail, he has written for leading publications such as OnMSFT, MakeUseOf, and Windows Report, providing insightful analysis and breaking news on everything revolving around the Microsoft ecosystem. While AFK and not busy following the ever-emerging trends in tech, you can find him exploring the world or listening to music.

  • naddy69
    Is anyone still using Skype?
  • HelloNNNewman
    I had someone ask me last week if I wanted to chat on Skype. I just looked at them and thought "sure, let me get my time machine out of the closet and head back to the early 2000's". I didn't even know Skype was supported since MS started trying to migrate everyone to Teams years ago. Skype is kind of the grandfather of popular video chatting, but was left in the dust by Zoom and others because MS is a company with severe ADD.