Skype for Windows 8 updated to include video messaging preview

Skype users can now leave video messages for other people when they are offline.

Skype for Windows 8 has been now updated to include video messaging.


Skype said the new version of its software (Skype 1.7) is now available to download with a new video messaging feature that allows people to leave video messages for others while they aren't online.

Each message can be up to three minutes long and can be viewed for up to 90 days for free users. Premium users have no message expiration date.

If the person being sent a message to is using an older version of Skype, instead of showing it within the program they will receive a link to view it in a browser.

Free Skype users will get 20 free video messages while premium members will be able to send unlimited video messages.

In addition to introducing the video messaging preview, the update to Skype also fixes an issue some laptops were experiencing, when they displayed a green screen instead of a video feed.

The company said the new feature is still in preview stage and is inviting feedback on it via its social media channels and the Skype Support Network.

On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it was now possible to make video calls using Skype directly from inside an inbox.

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