Skype introduces new video call features for Windows Phone 8.1

Skype introduces new video call features for Windows Phone 8.1
Skype has announced a couple of new features to its Windows Phone app for Windows Phone 8.1. The changes revolve around video calls. One cool feature allows you, for the first time on any mobile platform, to switch from a Skype call to a video call right in the middle of the conversation. The feature is available for you to preview on the app found in the Windows Phone Store.

Skype is tightly integrated with Cortana, the new virtual personal assistant on Windows Phone. You can go to Cortana and ask her to connect you via Skype video call, to anyone on your contacts list. Instantly, the video call is made. Cortana will be included in a special Skype for Windows 8.1 update, which will be available in the coming months.

You can check out a couple of quick videos showing off the above mentioned new Skype features for Windows Phone 8.1, by clicking on the two videos below.


source: Skype

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22 Comments

1. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

And still we're missing the ability to share files...

4. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Who cares about sharing files... Ever heard of One drive......

8. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

ever heard of post office?

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol , I see what you did there...

19. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Post Office? What is this post Office you speak of? 0.o

14. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

I agree, OneDrive is excellent for Business, Personal and everything else for sharing. But with cloud 'bandwidth' always should be considered.

21. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Guess you've never been on a skype with someone as they tried to send you a photo.

7. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

What files other than music, videos and docs do you want to share? All of these can be handled easily by WP. And there is OneDrive as well.

20. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Try to send one of them while in Skype and let me know how that works for you. Not trying to be a DB, I'm just saying.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Glad I don't know a single sole with WP, no way in hades am I installing Skype.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Soul, lol.

5. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

too bad, most of the people I know, use cheap alternatives like Viber,and that other crap out there..

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Doesn't the Android app allow you to go from call to video by turning on the camera?

17. PinoyNokian

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

The "call" refers to built-in or native call of the phone, not the skype itself.

18. PinoyNokian

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

I've watched the Keynote. The way I understood the presentation, you can make a video call from a "regular voice call". The speaker said you can customize what video call app you want. For the meantime, skype is already integrated. The speaker said that other apps, such as Viber, can also be integrated.

9. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I love Skype. Good to see MS bringing more features to it!

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Needless too say... My samsung F9000 UHDTV can skype , I ruleeeeee

12. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

I think a few things Skype on Windows Phone or in general mobile devices is: 1) Multiple of recipients streaming (1-5 Persons) 2) Share Files 3) Share Screen

13. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Google hangout have this capability for many years

15. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Whats the percentage for users actually using Google Hangout, I never touched it myself. But im sure it might be a great service. Plus with most Google Services a Google account must be present. Skype is amore climb aboard all over the globe.

16. Ikechukwu

Posts: 252; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

LOL!!!

22. chamalilem

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 29, 2015

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