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Skype For Windows 8.1 Gets Cortana Integration

Skype for Windows Phone has gotten a number of recent updates in the past few months, but the biggest one came on Thursday. On Thursday, the company released the latest Skype for Windows Phone update, that gets native voice call transfers and Cortana integration for users.

The latest update for Skype went live on Thursday, and the tight integration of the Microsoft Cortana digital assistant will surely make users want to upgrade. It will require a Windows Phone that can use Windows Phone 8.1, and is available now from the Windows Phone Store.

Microsoft Launches New Skype Client For Windows Phone

Skype 2.19 Update Details

The new Skype 2.19 update is live starting today in the Windows Store. It is available for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 phones, but the Cortana functionality is only available for the latter phones. This could limit its launch numbers as Windows Phone 8.1 is very limited in the number of phones it is live on today.

With the update, it allows users to edit a message after its been sent. Skype notifications are also live in the notification center, and push notifications have gotten a big facelift with the update. The language support for Skype also grew from 19 languages to 51, which should expand its global support.

New Skype For Windows Phone Includes Cortana Support and More

Will Cortana Work With Skype?

In early reviews, Cortana and Skype had some issues, but it seems to work fine. Users need to say “Skype get.. on the screen”, and the Cortana support is supposed to get that user, and get them via a text or phone call. Users who asked Cortana to call that contact were able to launch the dialer, which is a plus.

It will be interesting to see how well Skype and Cortana get alone. It’s kind of like a personal assistant for Skype, and as Windows Phone 8.1 rolls out worldwide, it will get more and more useful for people. Granted it still has a number of buss according to early reports, but that will probably mean version 2.20 is just around the corner.

Skype and Cortana could be a great fit. It’s available now, so give it a shot and let us know.

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Published: Friday, June 27th, 2014 Last Modified: June 27, 2014

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