Monday, July 18, 2016

Microsoft’s uncertain Skype strategy continues with new app for Windows phones

The new mobile client. (credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft's preview of the new, modern, Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of the Skype client received a big upgrade today: it's now available for devices running Windows 10 Mobile as well as Windows 10 PCs.

In addition to supporting Windows phones, the client has been given a big functional upgrade as Microsoft continues to rebuild all the old Skype client's functionality within the new app. Calls to landlines, voicemails, screen sharing, and integrated translation of audio and video calls are all now available. The company says that the new client is faster, too.

Overall, the development of Microsoft's Skype client continues to confuse since the strategy at large remains unclear. The company initially developed a (rather feature deficient) Windows 8-style Skype client, but in June last year Microsoft said that client was to be discontinued.

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