A new Skype UWP app for Windows 10 was released with the Anniversary Update in August last year. The app was released with a preview tag which was finally dropped in today’s update.

Today update bumps the app to version which brings the following changes :

  • Simplified contacts access: Now the Skype app uses the OS contacts permission future rather than having to be turned on in Skype itself. This means that you can now enable or disable Skype’s access to your contacts from the settings app.
  • You can now search your Skype chats for specific messages. This does not apply to SMS messages sync’d via a compatible Windows phone.
  • Microsoft has added support for Skype SMS, meaning that you can now send SMSes via Skype’s traditional paid SMS service (although you cannot receive replies via this method) as well as through SMS relay.
  • Microsoft has added new keyboard shortcuts to make messaging easier.
  • You can now switch your microphone, camera or transfer to a new device while making a Skype call.
  • Finally, Microsoft has edited the group video calling interface.
  • If you prefer the Win32 version of Skype for desktops and laptops, you can get it here.
    Else, find the Skype UWP here.

    Please note that this update is live for just Release Preview Ring because Microsoft isn’t pushing new app updates to Insider Fast ring for awhile.

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