Skype's app has been updated to include Microsoft's Cortana mobile voice assistant for both Windows Phone and Windows Phone 8.1.
In a blog post, Skype's Product Marketing Manager Lara Kingwell said the Skype version 2.19 update — available for download in the Windows Store — is available today for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1.
The update includes a number of features, including increased language support from 19 to 51 languages. You can now also edit your last sent message after it has been sent, and the performance of push notifications has been improved.
The Cortana update is only available for Windows Phone 8.1. Skype suggests you tell Cortana something like "Skype get Jean Luc Picard on the screen" for the voice-activated assistant to launch a Skype call automatically. In addition, Skype notifications will also now appear in Action center.
In April, Microsoft made the decision to offer Skype group video calling for free — possibly to rival Google Hangouts. Previously, group calling required users to subscribe to a $9.99 per month premium account, but now free group chat is available through Windows desktop, Mac and Xbox One.