Microsoft updates Skype and SkyDrive apps for Windows Phone

By damaster | Posted April 23, 2012 12 comments

SkyDrive and SkypeMicrosoft released updates to two high-profile apps today on the Windows Phone marketplace. As promised previously, Microsoft released the final version of the Skype for Windows Phone app.  In addition, Microsoft also bumped the version number of their SkyDrive for Windows Phone app to v2.0, which coincides nicely with their upcoming upgrades, said to bring us the SkyDrive for Windows and Mac clients apps as well as paid storage options. Below is a summary of what’s new in each of the app updates:

Skype

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According to the official Skype blog, the Skype for Windows Phone “Gold version” (v1.0.0.62) includes the following improvements and bug fixes:

  • Portrait mode video calling
  • Support in 18 languages
  • Add new contacts (Skype and phone contacts)
  • Support for participating on audio conference calls
  • Call-in-progress notification
  • Ability to mark all messages as read
  • Block/unblock/view blocked contacts
  • Ability to call 1-800 toll free numbers without Skype credit
  • Ability to place calls with a premium subscription (even with a zero Skype Credit balance)
  • Resolved numerous crashes, performance issues, and navigation problems

Unfortunately, the Skype app did not bring background functionality (as expected), as such in order to receive calls, you’ll need to be in the app. Further, the app will also not work for devices with only 256 MB of RAM, such as the upcoming Nokia Lumia 610. To see the full change log, see it on the official Skype blog. You can also find it on the Windows Phone marketplace by clicking here.

SkyDrive

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The official SkyDrive for Windows Phone app was also updates to version 2.0. While no official change log exist, we noticed quite a few improvements. These include:

  • Ability to select multiple files at once to easily delete or move files to folders
  • Directly manage permissions for folders and files
  • Ability to share files with others via email, or copying the sharing link to clipboard to be shared on other social networks
  • Folders for photo albums now contain the photo count
  • General performance improvements

You can get the updated SkyDrive app on the Windows Phone marketplace by clicking here.

Posted April 23rd, 2012 at 2:55 am
Category: Mobile
Tags: Apps, SkyDrive, Skype, Windows Phone
  • http://twitter.com/Alimaggs Alastair Maggs

    Also, access in SkyDrive to documents stored in (Windows Live/Office) Groups. Noticed this and is much appreciated (we use Groups as a way of managing projects).

    • Seth Gecko

      How did you do that? I haven’t found any “Groups”-option. I only see files from my groups in the history, but can’t open them either. I’m using SkyDrive from Germany.

  • http://twitter.com/Alimaggs Ali Maggs

    Also, access in SkyDrive to documents stored in (Windows Live/Office) Groups. Noticed this and is much appreciated (we use Groups as a way of managing projects).

    • Seth Gecko

      How did you do that? I haven’t found any “Groups”-option. I only see files from my groups in the history, but can’t open them either. I’m using SkyDrive from Germany.

  • BM Cloud

    New Feature found – Now I can watch my 200+ Mb .wmv files – Before it would not Stream and requested that  my WP version of IE needed Silverlight. – I am so Happy Right to finally WATCH my uploaded Videos on my WP 7.5 – YEAH !! 

  • BM Cloud

    New Feature found – Now I can watch my 200+ Mb .wmv files – Before it would not Stream and requested that  my WP version of IE needed Silverlight. – I am so Happy Right to finally WATCH my uploaded Videos on my WP 7.5 – YEAH !! 

  • Seth Gecko

    Skype still sucks on Windows Phone. They could easily integrate push notifications at least for messages and missed calls. In this form the app is alsmost useless.

  • Seth Gecko

    Skype still sucks on Windows Phone. They could easily integrate push notifications at least for messages and missed calls. In this form the app is alsmost useless.

  • http://doctorwhofan98.wordpress.com/ doctorwhofan98
  • http://alexsimkin.tumblr.com/ Alex Simkin
  • http://HalliganProjects.com/ Rob Halligan

    I just want my bookmarks (IE Favorites) and dictionary to sync from Windows 7
    to Windows Phone 7. Bookmarks show up on Windows Phone in Skydrive App and on skydrive.com but won’t open in either – even though they do open in those locations in Windows 7. Any ideas?

  • http://HalliganProjects.com/ Rob Halligan

    I just want my bookmarks (IE Favorites) and dictionary to sync from Windows 7
    to Windows Phone 7. Bookmarks show up on Windows Phone in Skydrive App and on skydrive.com but won’t open in either – even though they do open in those locations in Windows 7. Any ideas?