Skype has certainly evolved as a Windows 10 app as Windows 10 has as well. Microsoft has improved it, and made it a center of its messaging platform for Windows 10. Recently, Microsoft updated Skype and took it out of preview mode.
The new and improved Skype app for Windows 10 is no longer in preview mode, and is a major upgrade of its prior self. Noted as version 188.8.131.52 in its release notes, it has a ton of new features to try out.
Skype’s New Features
The first thing that you’ll notice with the new Skype app on Windows 10, is the simplified contacts access. It uses the operating systems permission to disable or enable access to settings within the app itself.
Secondly, you can search your Skype chats for specific messages, and that will help those who use Skype a lot for chats. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to SMS messages sync’d via a Windows Phone.
Skype SMS & Shortcuts Added
Third, Skype has added support for Skype SMS, which means you can send SMS messages via Skype’s paid SMS service or via SMS relay. This has been a long rumored update to the app, and now users can use it as a main SMS app on their Windows 10 machines.
Other updates to Skype include new keyboard shortcuts, which should make the messaging service work faster for many users. You can switch microphone, camera or other devices on calls, and edited the group video calling updates.
The new Skype app for Windows 10 is arriving in waves for people to download. It’s available for those on the release preview now, and should be there shortly for others to use.
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