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Skype App for Windows Phone Gets a Makeover as Windows 8.1 is Announced


If you’ve been too busy playing April Fool’s pranks to take notice of what’s happening in the Windows world, you’re going to love this bit of news. Microsoft’s BUILD conference has been taking place at San Francisco and a great many good things have been announced for Windows devices.

Windows 8.1 update is bringing a new Start screen, a personalized digital assistant, and plenty of great features for PCs and phones, but there’s also one app that’s getting a big makeover as a result of these improvements and that’s the popular messenger Skype.

Upgrade Regular Calls to Skype Video Calls

One of the coolest features you’re going to enjoy on Skype for Windows Phone is the ability to chat face to face with your cellular callers. If you are making a regular cellular call, but you wish to see the person you’re speaking to, you can simply tap on the Skype button to upgrade the call to a Skype video chat.

Integration with Cortana

Cortana, the exciting new personal assistant for Windows phone will also be integrated with Skype giving you a much more personalized chat experience. You can make use of Cortana to start Skype calls. Its as easy as saying “Skype, get Kim K on video”.

Other Improvements

If you’ve been using Skype on other Windows devices, and sorely missed some features on your Windows phone, don’t fret. Some of them will be making their way on to your phone via the Windows 8.1 update.

For instance, you will be able to stay “Always On” so that you get real time notifications and updates on the Live tiles as it happens. The People Hub will allow you to video call people who are in your inner circle directly from the contacts list. If your closest contacts are offline, you can still send connect to them via video instant messaging. And finally, you can enjoy better quality video chats with the HD 720p video calling option.

That’s a whole lot of great new features for your Skype app for Windows Phone. Are you looking forward to the new updates? Which feature update excites you the most?


Viber for Windows Phone Gets Viber Out Support in Latest Update

Viber, the popular messenger app has just received an update on the Windows platform. Version 4.1 brings some impressive new features, but the one that is particularly exciting is the support for Viber Out.

Viber Out, the service that lets you call non-Viber numbers including landline numbers is not a free service. Users will have to purchase credits, much like Skype to use Viber Out; the attraction being that using Viber Out will be much cheaper than the regular tariff with the potential to save more when you’re in the habit of making loads of international calls.

Another impressive feature included in the new update is the ability to send video messages. For users who are fond of exchanging photos, the Viber 4.1 update includes the option to send multiple photos at one go. Finally, users who have been ruing hands-free support can now rejoice as the latest update brings a seamless transfer of calls to Bluetooth.

If you’ve been a regular Viber user, update your Windows Phone app to take advantage of its cool features. For those of you who are yet to give this one a go, here’s the link to the app on the Windows Phone Store.


Facebook Messenger app is now available for Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 users can now communicate even more conveniently with their Facebook buddies. The reason: Facebook has finally launched the Facebook Messenger app in the Windows Marketplace.

Facebook Messenger comes with loads of good features including the ability to use stickers, send photos privately, have group conversations, share your location, keep track of all your buddies who are active on Facebook, mute notifications when you want a break, keep track of your conversations, and get notified when others have seen your messages. And you can do all this even without even opening Facebook on your phone.

Facebook Messenger App is available on the Windows Phone Store for the price of free. Be sure to grab it right away if you spend plenty of time connecting with your FB buddies.