A new set of updates will start rolling out to the mobile version of Skype over the next several weeks, aiming to improve the way users make video and VoIP calls using Microsoft’s popular messaging and video app.
For starters, Skype users on mobile platforms will soon be able to continue chatting and carry on with their discussion even if the person who initiated the call left the conversation for some reason. This update is especially helpful during group calls, as it means that if the one who set up the conversation must tend to an urgent matter the call can still continue on without this person.
Microsoft is also streamlining all types of calls made via the Skype mobile app by changing the “Call phones” tab into “Calls” in Android devices and later in iOS too. This means you will be able to get a single-tap access to free Skype-to-Skype audio or video calls and calls to mobile or landline numbers. While calling landline or mobile phones will continue to cost, purchasing Skype credit has been made much easier in this latest update.
As traditional voicemail is taking a nosedive, Skype developers have added some nifty enhancements to the mobile app to let users leave a video message instead, or even the option to leave a chat message if that’s more your pace. Of course traditional voicemail remains an option as well but support for custom voicemail greetings, email notifications and SMS transcription will no longer be available in the latest Skype version.