Microsoft released a new updated for its Skype UWP app. The update and the app overall is only available for computers running Windows 10 and users who are part of the Insider Preview program.
From what we have come to understand, the new update brings Group Video & Audio Calls along with Group Chats to the forefront. These new features have been a part of the regular version of Skype for years, so it is great to see them now being a central part of the UWP app.
Outside of the new features, Microsoft made sure to improve the user interface. This can be seen from the image above, though note the improvement isn’t significant. Furthermore, it is now possible to add a contact or group as a favorite for them to show up at the top at all times.
The most important aspect of this report is the announcement of the Windows 10 Mobile version of the Skype UWP app. While it isn’t yet ready, Microsoft said it should be ready soon — whenever that is.
Here’s what Microsoft had to say about Skype UWP for mobile devices via the official Skype blog.
“What’s next? Soon, we’ll be releasing the Skype UWP Preview app to your mobile devices. You may also have noticed that we removed the Skype integration in the Messaging app on Windows 10 Mobile to streamline and simplify your experience.
The mobile release of the Skype UWP Preview app will bring you features you’ve asked for—like group calling and more—while leveraging the benefits of the Skype integration into Windows 10 you previously experienced, like a single view of your SMS and Skype conversations. This way you get the best Skype experience possible and you can take it across your Windows devices.