Skype Shares Mobile Plans for the Road Ahead

Skype evolving mobile devices experience with enhancements: Modern design, putting conversations first and more. Skype for Android passes 100M installs, now more faster. Skype 6.5 adds reminders.

Skype at the last day of //BUILD 2013 developer conference said that it will deliver regular updates, adapting its plans as customer needs evolve and change.

In addition, the team also said that it is evolving Skype on mobile experience stating; "

at certain points in the day, more people are using Skype from their phone or tablet than from a PC;

Each month, the growth rate of new users coming to Skype on a tablet or phone is double what it was the year before. And those people now represent nearly half of the total new users joining Skype every month;

and Skype continues to be an essential app, ranked in the top 10 most downloaded apps of all time on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android."

The team notes, that following enhancements is coming soon:

  • "under the hood increased performance and quality to the way Skype apps work, "specifically around reliability, battery life and performance" are are coming to all the devices.
  • Skype is putting conversations at the heart of a redesigned experience, which is bold and beautiful, as well as simpler and easier to use. "Doing this on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 dramatically reduced the time it takes to reply to a message, while making it even simpler to upgrade that conversation to a voice or video call," the team said.
  • The team notes, that while Skype is best known best for calling -- and it has recently exceeding 2 billion minutes in one day!, however, the users also send tens of billions of chat messages every month. So, it is working to improve messaging "to be easier and at my fingertips."
  • It is working to bring its new capabilities including video messaging, picture sharing, HD video and more across devices. "Some work remains in this area, but you'll increasingly see a more consistent feature set across all Skype apps by the end of the year"," the team said.

Update 07/02: Skype 4.9 for iPhone and iPad and Skype for Android 4.0 delivered with completely redesigned to be faster and easier - especially when you want to fire off a quick message.

Also, Skype for Android is now installed on over 100 million phones worldwide.

Similar to the Windows Phone 8 app experience, now when you first open the Android app you'll see a clean new look, with your recent conversations front and center. "Just tap on one to catch up and reply. When you tap or swipe over to the Contacts or Favorites tabs, tapping on a person brings you right into a messaging window so you can start a conversation. From there, video calls, voice calls and everything else are just one tap away," explains the team.

Skype for Android 4.0 is rebuilt from the ground up to be faster and more reliable. And this release is just the beginning, with more updates coming in the year ahead.

Update 07/03: Microsoft's Skype team releasing a new advertising campaign called "Stay Together," is created with the help of ad agency Pereira & O' Dell and is supposed to show everyone that Skype could be easily used to keep families in touch with a simple Internet connection.

Update 07/06: Skype for Windows 6.5 added a new way to stay in touch with your friends using video--"letting you now record a video message and to send to them, which they can then play and re-play whenever they like."

Here're tips & tricks to use Skype video messages when IM just won't do:

Reminders - Now, you can add a personal video touch to those reminder messages using Skype video messages a la "Don't forget to get some milk" or "Don't forget it's your parents' anniversary".

The ultimate wish-you-were-here postcard - With video messaging via Skype you won't just be able to show off the palm trees though, "you can now show off how they sway gently in the wind and the sound of the turquoise waves lapping the shore." "The great thing is you can record the video message on your mobile while offline, tap send and the message will go through when you're next online," explains Skype team.