Monday 3 June 2013

Skype for Windows 8 gets a upgrade; send 720p video and receive 1080p one with the latest update

Even as Microsoft and Adobe released Adobe Reader for Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has now upgraded its video calling service, Skype with enhance videographics.  The new updated Skype will have better video messaging and HD support.  

As per Microsoft blog, depending upon the network, users can send HD video of upto 720p and receive upto 1080p video.  While this should improve the overall quality and performance of the video call, HD video support is only available “in select scenarios,” according to Microsoft. These depend on the sender’s camera, available network bandwidth, and the receiver’s setup on x86 devices.
Skype for Windows 8 gets a upgrade; send 720p video and receive 1080p one with the latest update

Microsoft says, that the video messaging has been improved to provide stability in this release, and also tweaked how notifications work so that video messages are easier to find for those who receive them.

Microsoft has also fixed the following issues in this release:

File transfer: Sender missing file sent history if restarts app before completing the send. Crash after the sender initiates file transfer and moves back to conversation.
Call connect: Crash when reconnect attempts in some situations.
Notifications: Crash when clicking on notification in some situations.

There are still at least two known issues in this release, both related to video messages: they aren’t displayed in chat history and their thumbnails redirect to record flow instead of playback when cache has been cleared. Microsoft has not shared a date by which it expects to squash these bugs or when it plans to take video messaging out of preview for its Windows 8 Skype app.

Download the latest version of Skype for your Windows 8 here.

Vijay Prabhu

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