Redesigned Skype App for Xbox One with Controller Shortcuts, Manual Zoom, More Available

Whether you're chatting while playing games, checking in with friends, celebrating birthdays, anniversaries or holidays, new Skype app put gamers first.

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Following last year's, launch of Universal Windows Platform version of the Skype app for both the PC and mobile on Windows 10 Anniversary Update—today, a new version of Skype for Xbox One with the Xbox One Creators Update is introduced.

The all new dark look and feel dark UI in line with other Xbox apps, put gamers first and also makes it simpler to use and easily jump in and out of a call.

Newly added controller shortcuts gives quick access to Skype commands, "just a tap on a button, and you can quickly jump from a video call to a background call and vice versa." And there's a new manual zoom option as well that provide control over the Kinect camera during a call.

We have been working hard to create a TV experience that delivers the best Skype communications experience on Xbox One straight to your home.

For video calls with Skype on Xbox One, you will need an Xbox One with a Kinect, however, for audio calls, you can use a headset. You can also make a group video call with up to 5 video streams, or audio call with up to 25 people call

To make, a one-to-one video or audio call, just select a contact to call from "Recent" or "Contact" list. Then press, the menu button and select "video" or "voice call". Alternatively, you can press the "X" button for a quick shortcut to start a call.

To add a new contact, bring up "Search Skype" bar by tapping the "Y" button, then either enter contact name or their Microsoft account into the window.

Add contact to Skype app on Xbox One
Xbox One Skype app: Add contact

For group video calling, either creat a new group, or select a group from "Recent" list, by starting a new conversation and adding the relevant contacts to the group. Then press the menu button and select "video" or "voice call", or press "X" button. Once a call is initiated, anyone in the group can add other people as well.

While in the call, you can also switch to a game or show for a multitasking, and the call will continue in the background. Once Skype moves to the background, the video will stop, but the audio call will continue.

Xbox One Skype: Group video call
Xbox One Skype: Group video call

The Kinect camera with new "auto zoom" instantly focuses on the callers and will pan and zoom automatically. You can also turn it off or adjust video via manual zoom. On a video call, highlight and select your video preview, then use right/left trigger to zoom and the right joystick to pan around.

To initiate a chat with either a contact or group, select them from "Recent" or "Contact" lists and you'll be taken to the chat screen. With Cortana enabled, you can easily send instant messages via headset or Kinect for Xbox One—-just select the mic on the keyboard and then dictate a message. Cortana will then convert audio to text, check the text, and then send it!

Instant messaging on Skype app for Xbox One
Instant messaging

Lastly, when you have an incoming call or a message, and the Skype app is open, you can see and hear it, otherwise, a system notification will appear, even if you're playing a game or watching live TV.

Tapping on the Xbox button or saying "Hey Cortana, open that" will open the Skype app and answer the call. And, for a message, you can quickly reply directly in the notification without having to open the app.

Incoming call on Skype app on Xbox One
Incoming call

For getting, new Skype app, your existing app will be automatically update, however, if it's not yet installed, you can install by searching "Skype" in the Xbox One app store, the team said.

When the app is launched first, your Microsoft account that you use to sign in to Xbox One will signed-in.

To learn more about Skype and Microsoft accounts, please visit our FAQ.