HD Skype for Windows 8

A month ago, the Skype app for Windows 8 was updated with new support for video messaging. Today, Microsoft issued yet another update for the Windows 8 Skype app that also involves new video features.

As posted on the official Skype blog, the Windows 8 app now allows users to view and send HD video under certain circumstances. The blog states:

Depending on the sender’s camera, available network bandwidth and the receiver’s setup on x86 devices, callers may be able to send 720p video and receive 1080p video, thereby improving the overall quality and performance of the video call.

The latest update, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store, also brings improvements to the recently added video messaging features. Specifically, the stability of using this particular feature has been improved and it’s also easier to find those video messages thanks to better notification support.

Finally, as with any application update, bug fixes have also been added, including fixing crashes when reconnecting on a call or clicking on a notification, along with fixing issues related to transferring files from the app. However, there are still two known problems with the video messaging support; not being able to see messages in the app’s chat history and having the thumbnail video redirect “to record flow instead of playback when cache has been cleared.”

Source: Skype blog