New Skype app update adds Messenger buddies, removes People Hub integration for Windows Phone

By Kip Kniskern | In Mobile | Posted January 2, 2013 6 comments

skypeA post on the Skype Garage blog announced an update for Skype for Windows Phone 8, officially dubbed the “Skype for Windows Phone 8 Preview 2.1” (glad the Skype kids are fitting right in at Microsoft with the naming policies, anyway).  The release, available from the Windows Phone Marketplace, provides a number of improvements, especially to background notifications and calling.

The app has, however, also “temporarily disabled” People Hub integration:

We have also temporarily disabled the People Hub integration as it was causing issues with device stability. We are working with the Windows Phone team to resolve the issue and to enable the integration again in a future release.

In addition, the blog post lists two new features making it easier for Windows Live Messenger users to use Skype on their Windows Phones:

Buddies from Windows Live Messenger are labeled in the People list.

Added option to enable toast notifications for Windows Live Messenger buddies.

While there’s no word on whether it’s the Skype app or the People Hub itself that’s causing “issues with device stability”, it isn’t good news either way, but hopefully this is truly a temporary situation, and that “future release” will be coming sooner rather than later.

Are you using Skype for Windows Phone?  What do you think of the new update?

Posted January 2nd, 2013 at 10:28 pm
Category: Mobile
Tags: Skype, Windows Phone 8
  • http://sanatgersappa.tumblr.com/ Sanat Gersappa

    Windows Phone is on a roll today. The bad news keeps coming in.

  • http://sanatgersappa.tumblr.com/ Sanat Gersappa

    Windows Phone is on a roll today. The bad news keeps coming in.

  • Kit Y

    I hope Microsoft can open up people hub and let others plug in to it. Even better if they are allowed to plug in to the me messaging hub.

  • Kit Y

    I hope Microsoft can open up people hub and let others plug in to it. Even better if they are allowed to plug in to the me messaging hub.

  • http://mjflynt.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey

    The real reason is probably anything but the official reason. Microsoft never admits anything.It would be funny if the hub were so locked down that they can’t plug their own apps into it without a system update.

  • http://mjflynt.wordpress.com/ Jeffrey

    The real reason is probably anything but the official reason. Microsoft never admits anything.It would be funny if the hub were so locked down that they can’t plug their own apps into it without a system update.