Universal Skype app is finally out of preview

It's been more than a year since the first preview version of Skype's Universal Windows app was introduced. Earlier this March, Microsoft finally ditched the Skype Preview branding in one of the updated releases for Insider Program participants. After some additional testing, it's now available for everyone on Windows 10. The update is also bringing some new features to users of the production builds, including some calling and messaging improvements.
Skype UWP
The official changelog mentions these changes in the latest update:

  • We’ve simplified the way your contacts on Skype connect with the People app on your device. Skype will display the number of mutual contacts you share, making it easier to find the right people. You can always opt out of this setting by updating your profile for People Search and Suggestions.
  • Messaging – searchable chats, keyboard shortcuts at your fingertips and send SMS with a little Skype Credit.
  • Group video calling – the new redesigned view brings everyone even closer together.
  • Calling – switch microphone, camera or to a new device during a call.

This update should get automatically installed on your Windows 10 device if you haven't changed app update settings manually. This Universal Skype app comes preinstalled with the system, but if you somehow managed to uninstall it earlier, you can head to its Windows Store page and install it from there.

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Author: Roman Linev

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