At long last, Microsoft is shipping a Universal Windows Platform version of their Skype Preview app that will make their communications client available on Windows 10 Mobile. Also, the company is releasing an update to the Skype Preview app on Windows 10 PCs as well.
According to Microsoft:
This release brings one of our most requested Skype features to your Windows 10 phone, the ability to make group video calls. You can have up to 25 friends and family come together on a free group video call, talk face-to-face with a 1:1 call, message your friends in an instant to share photos, video messages, your location and even send emoticons and Mojis to liven up your conversation. You can also quickly reply to Skype messages – no need to open Skype.
In addition, Microsoft is promising more and better stuff coming to Windows 10 Mobile adding in some of the integrated features users are looking for:
Later this summer we will bring new features to Skype on Windows 10 Mobile, including SMS relay. With this feature, you’ll be able to send SMS messages from a Windows 10 PC or Windows 10 phone, giving you the ability to send and receive texts, group messages, and photos all in one app, as well as a single view of your SMS and Skype conversations.
The new version for Windows 10 PCs will add in the following new features:
- You can call mobiles and landlines at low rates
- Leave and receive voicemails
- Put a call on hold
- Answer a call if you’re already on a call with call waiting.
Other new features in the Windows 10 PC app include:
We’ve made it easier for you to find people in search. We’ve added additional collaboration tools such as file sharing, screen sharing and translation for audio and video calls. For a new way to bring expertise, products, services and entertainment into daily messaging on Skype, we’ve also released a preview of Skype Bots. Lastly, we’ve many improvements overall app performance and experience.
Microsoft wants you’re feedback, as always. You can let Microsoft know what you think via the Windows Feedback app, and here’s a top FAQs if you have more questions. If you’re a Windows Insider, let us know in the comments what you think of the newest Skype Preview apps.