While Xbox One already has its own version of Skype, the app is not built on the Universal Windows Platform. Now, Microsoft is replacing the older version of Skype with the newer UWP app on its Xbox consoles.
The Skype Preview for the Xbox One is now available on the Alpha Ring of the Xbox Insider Program. Back in September last year, the Xbox One Marketplace indicated that the Skype Preview app would be “ready to download” for Xbox One users soon. Microsoft has now made a few tweaks to the app’s user interface in order to cater to the needs of users who feel less comfortable with using mouse and keyboard or touch inputs.
However, the Skype version for Xbox One has yet to add support for the all-new Compact Overlay picture-in-picture tool. The software giant introduced the feature to Skype Preview for Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring this week. The Compact Overlay mode lets users carry on a phone or video call while performing other tasks. It does so by putting an always-on video at the top of the screen so that a conversation continues alongside other program activities.
The Skype UWP app has been available on Windows 10 PCs, tablets and phones, and HoloLens for quite a while now. The addition of the UWP version to the Xbox One consoles marks a huge step toward modernizing the app which was previously based on the Windows 8 version of Skype.
Microsoft has been constantly hard at work at polishing the Skype Preview app over the last couple of months. If you are an Xbox Insider in the Alpha Ring, you can now download the Skype Preview app from the Store on your console.