Skype video messaging available, but Windows Phone support lags

Skype video messaging available, but Windows Phone support lags

Summary: Skype video messaging is now generally available across a variety of mobile devices and computing platforms, but Windows Phone support is only partially there.


Skype video messaging as of today, June 17, is now free and available for most computing platforms, Microsoft announced today.


The one ironic exception -- given that Microsoft owns Skype -- is Windows Phone, where users can receive and view Video messages but not send them.

Supported platforms for the generally-available Skype video messaging release include Windows Desktop, Windows 8, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry, officials said in a blog post today. Microsoft rolled out  test/beta builds for most of these platforms in February 2013.

When asked about the status of Skype video messaging on Windows Phone, a spokesperson said: "Windows Phone users can already receive and view Video Messages. We will inform you if we add send capability at a later date."

Microsoft officials provided no information as to what would be the determinant as to whether or not send would be added.

Video Messages, which can be used for online and offline messaging, lets Skype users send up to three minutes of video to each other. Video messages can be received and viewed on any platform or device running Skype.

With the final release, users can send and receive as many video messages as they want for free. That wasn't the case with the preview, which only provided free viewing of video messages for six months, but unlimited viewing for those who purchased Skype Premium.

A list of frequently asked questions and answers about Skype video messaging is here.

In other Windows Phone news, Microsoft officials said they have made improvements to voice recognition in its mobile phone platform, improving accuracy and speed.

Topics: Mobility, Collaboration, Microsoft, Unified Comms


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • LOL...

    easy skype fix: dump windoze and adopt android!
    LlNUX Geek
    • Heh, Windoze.

      Haven't heard that one in a while.

      Did your mommy teach you that word?
    • I don't think anyone with a WP is worried that

      they won't soon have the best mobile Skype experience of any platform
      Johnny Vegas
      • All 4 of them are VERY confident.

        Of course they're so deluded, they probably already think they "have the best mobile Skype experience of any platform".
    • I don't think anyone with a WP is worried that

      they won't soon have the best mobile Skype experience of any platform
      Johnny Vegas
  • Dear Microsoft...

    This is YOUR company now. Can you please light a fire under their keisters and remind them who signs their paychecks? Thanks!

    Customers and Stockholders
  • What about Chrome OS??

    Where's the promised web app (for skydrive I believe)?
  • Could WindowsPhone have Skype deeply integrated?

    Perhaps Windows Phone Blue will have the functionality baked into the OS itself, possibly in the Messaging hub?
    • I hope not!

      I have a Windows Phone 8 and don't see a need for Skype on it. In fact, I have tried Skype twice: once 3-4 years ago and then just recently after they sent the email about converting Messenger to Skype. It wasn't an experience I would cherish the short remainder of my life in either case. I acknowledge some people like it and use it and it is a good communication method for international conversations, but I don't make international calls, nor do I receive them. To me it is an added cost for something I wouldn't use.
  • I'm just curious.

    Do a lot of people send video messages to people like that with Skype? Whenever I use Skype, I always wait until I can talk directly to the person.
    Sam Wagner
    • Agreed.

      It's a bit of an odd feature to get worked up about. I video chatted with my wife (she using her Windows Phone 8 Nokia 822, me on an iPad 2) over the weekend using the Skype app in real-time, and it works very well. Not sure how useful leaving a video message is, but I do use Skype to IM her between my iPad and her WP8 phone.
      • Symbolism

        It's the symbolism of the issue that's the problem--Microsoft's Skype unit appears to be reinforcing the notion that Windows Phone isn't a significant player worth the effort that iOS and Android are. There are already enough developers who hold that position without Microsoft doing it itself.
  • This is odd. BlackBerry 10 devices already have it

  • Could this have something to do with it.....

    "but unlimited viewing for those who purchased Skype Premium."

    Are they wanting WinPhone users to go the Skype Premium route?
  • Skype video messaging available, but Windows Phone support lags

    That's ok, I'm sure the feature will come soon enough. Or maybe Microsoft is just holding out for Microsoft Windows phone 8.1 before they put it in.
    • Question

      Will you install Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 from Microsoft on your Microsoft Windows Phone 8 phone, or will you wait for Microsoft to release Microsoft Windows Phone 8.2, so that you can install that on your Microsoft Windows Phone 8 phone instead?
      • Depends

        The carrier may have a say in the matter, more's the pity. ("Too many cooks...") Unless they have an required update they should stay out of it. Also, they could just provide the update to MS and get it tested and pushed out with all the other updates.