Skype Preview 11.9 for Windows 10 PCs and phones with new features including letting you respond to SMS from your Windows Mobile device and being able to connect with Skype for Business consumers around the world is now rolling out.
Additional features this update brings make it easier to call and chat on Skype Preview, including improved messaging – you can drag and drop files and images up to 300MB into your chat to quickly share them.
Managing audio and video devices from Skype settings is now possible as well and lets selecting a preferred camera, microphone or speaker and test audio before a call. Calls and conversation can also be initiated from a contact’s profile page.
With SMS Relay now available to Skype Preview, users whe set Skype for Windows 10 Mobile as the default messaging app can send and receive SMS and MMS messages directly from a Windows 10 PC. It also eliminates the “phone being out of reach” problem.
To get started, make sure to have Skype Preview on both Mobile and PC, and enable SMS relay. Now, set Skype as default SMS: “On a Windows phone, launch Skype Preview, go to settings and select “Make Skype your default messaging app”, and “On a Windows PC, launch Skype Preview, go to settings and select “Enable Skype on this device to sync my SMS messages”
Next create a one-to-one SMS or group MMS chat, by tapping on the + button on the Recent list, add people you want to chat with and Skype will select the type of conversation based on the participants’ contact information to ensure that everyone gets the message. If there are multiple ways to reach everyone, you will get an option to switch from Skype to SMS.
To send SMS messages, in the 1:1 chat, you’ll see a line above the chat area which says “Via”. From here you can select Send Via Skype or SMS. If that contact has multiple numbers, you’ll see the first mobile number in this list. If you want to select a different number, click on the gear.
You can also switch a conversation from Skype to SMS and vice versa. You will need to have both the Skype name and phone numbers stored in a contact’s profile to do this.
With today’s update, Skype for Business consumers around the world can be connected as well using this preview release. By just typing a contact’s work email address in “Search Skype” will appear in the search results, if the person is on Skype for Business, Than select the email, send a request, once accepted, you can view their status, instant message, and have one-on-one video or audio calls.
For future release, the team notes that SMS relay will be available on Android. And, with Windows 10 Creators Update, “friends, family, and co-workers will be easily accessible from the task bar.”