The new Skype app for the Xbox One console is now available for download. Microsoft has finally announced the release of the Universal Windows version of the Skype app for the Xbox.
Existing Skype users are going to get the new application as an update, and they’ll be able to enjoy some new optimized features for the big screen. The new Skype for Xbox One is quite similar to the Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 versions of the app. Its dark theme perfectly matches the aesthetics of the other Xbox built-in apps.
Xbox owners can now use their console controllers on Skype. They’ll be able to make quick calls and add new contacts by pressing the “X” button on their consoles.
In order to be able to make video calls with Skype, users will need a Kinect camera. For audio calls, a headset will do just fine.
Another good news for Skype users is the fact that Cortana is now integrated in the app. This allows users to actually speak their messages to speed up the conversation flow.
The updated Skype app also offers the possibility to make video calls to up to five users at the same time. You can make audio calls with up to 25 participants. Another interesting new feature of the app is its auto zoom — Skype is going to automatically zoom in on a participant’s face, instead of simply broadcasting a wide shot.
If you have the app previously installed on your PC but not on your Xbox, you’ll find the new Skype app in the Xbox One Guide, in the Apps section. In this case, you can also simply send the Skype app to the Xbox One from the new Windows Store that the Creators Update provides. Another option is to access the Xbox One Store and get the new Skype app from there.
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