Microsoft releases version 5.13 of the Skype for iPhone app

Microsoft releases version 5.13 of the Skype for iPhone app
Microsoft has released Skype for iPhone, version 5.13. The major change to the app is the web link preview. When you send or receive a web link in chat, you will see a preview of the content before you open the link. We should also point out that the app already supports the Apple Watch. Without having to grab for the iPhone in your pocket, you can respond to a Skype chat with your Apple Watch by using your voice to create a message to send. Or, you can use a response that was created in advance.

With the Apple Watch, you can start a Skype conversation with one of your favorite contacts directly from your wrist. To favorite a contact, go to the iPhone app, swipe to the favorites view and tap add favorites at the bottom of your favorite list. You can then start a conversation from your timepiece. And the latest update to the Skype for iPhone app allows you to mark all conversations read by using Force Touch on the Apple Watch.

When some one is calling you via Skype, your Apple Watch will give you the option to accept or decline the call. If you decide to answer, the call is routed through your iPhone.

While the Skype for iPhone app is free to download from the Apple App Store, it does come with in-app purchase options. Keep your wallet handy.


source: SkypeforiPhone (iOS) via WMPoweruser

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10 Comments

1. Browndynamite

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 01, 2015

WOAH! Skype is free for ios? UNBELIEVABLE

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That sarcasm lol Anyway, Skype seems redudant since Whatsapp started supporting Wifi Calls. Altho it may be useful for paid international calls, which are very occasional (to most).

3. AlikMalix unregistered

tech2, since you know more about Android than I do, no trolling, or anything.. which is the most frequent video app most Android people use (or preinstalled) I'm a contractor, and sometimes I need to show/explain something to a customer - I use Facetime with most of my customers (I live in California - iPhone home) but for the few with Android, I'd like to at least have an App that I know most of them have (because sending videos or photos with scribbles on them is not the same back and forth as a video call).. Seriously, not trying to go to war with you - genuine question...

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

TBH, I don't make much video calls my knowledge is pretty limited but I'd say Hangout should fulfill your needs as its the 'facetime' of Android (altho not nearly as good as facetime). The advantage with Hangouts is it has replaced the Messaging app on Android so it comes pre-installed on all Android phones now. So all you need is their Gmail ID (which every android user will have) and you can start a conversation by downloading Hangouts on your iOS device and search for their email ID and you should be able to make a video call. Being said that Skype is easier to use. All you need is their Skype ID and you can start a video chat. Judging by Playstore reviews I can see Skype is more used then hangouts, as obviously, Skype is much more versatile as it supports every major OS including desktop and Macs. Its much more reliable as well.

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Skype is also used by several businesses across world and since its a MS product its pretty well built unlike Hangouts which has had its fair share of troubles in the past. TL;DR. Go for Skype for video calls. Whatsapp for WiFi or sending pictures across.

7. AlikMalix unregistered

I can deal with 2 extra apps on my phone.. I signed up for skype millions of years ago - I can probably find the login info, but would I also need to get a Gmail ID to use as well, or could I use my old Gmail account info (or is that the same thing?) to call others. And one more thing is there anyway to know if the person I want to contact has certain app (with iOS, I can tell if the customer has iOS or something else without calling him first, so I know I can Facetime them from the get-go). If I dial the number in hangouts will it tell me if they have it or not, or how does it work? I know you said you're not an avid video caller, but this has become a necessary tool for me now... and it's hard to get a straight answer as most use different phones and forked Android versions...

8. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

With hangouts you can't unless you have their email address. With regards to skype no, as well, unfortunately. This is where the rivalry between MS & Google is a bit of let down. Skype lets you sync the account with your facebook (thereby you can see who has skype & is online) but unfortunately not with your phone contacts. However, try it out yourself as I am not sure how Skype works on iOS device (recently). This just pertains to android version tho.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

Thank you...

10. waddup121 unregistered

coool!

4. dsunndep

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 03, 2015

That is really sarcasm ..

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