Skype Preview UWP gets contact sharing and 'Mark as read'

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We last covered Skype Preview for Windows 10 (Mobile) back in October, with the now familar pattern of the update being available for 'Fast' ring Insiders before general users (and others a few weeks afterwards). This scheme does seem to be working out well for numerous core Microsoft applications and today we have another big update to the Skype Preview UWP, adding in three new functions (one of which doesn't seem to work yet!)

Skype is one of the core applications in Windows 10 Mobile and it will continue to be, especially as instant messaging and AI (bots) become all the rage. Of course, Skype has a very different flavour (and probably reach and ambition) to the likes of Google's Allo, Apple's iMessage and Facebook's Messenger, but it's still a very valuable component of the OS here. 

Here's the official changelog for today's update, v11.10.141.0:

  • Introduce friends and family on Skype by sharing their Skype contact details.
  • Capture and share video messages with friends and family on Skype - even if they're not online.
  • Manage your conversations and save time by marking conversations as read.

Here's the new version in action:

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Within any IM conversation, a control lets you 'Send Contacts', hooking people up via your own personal Skype contacts list; (right) long press a conversation to 'Mark as read' - useful, as I often get miscellanous messages popping up in conversations, often just Skype pinging me with a status message.

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Also in the new controls at the bottom of a conversation pane is one for video messaging. Just tap it to record... oh wait. Tap it at the moment and you just get an error message. Maybe there's something yet to be enabled at Microsoft's end?

The progress of Microsoft's core applications and services does seem slow, but Skype's gradually getting there. It just needs a little patience! The whole Skype infrastructure is being changed around, here's the latest post from the Skype team.

If you haven't yet installed the Skype Preview UWP app, here it is in the Store. As I say, this latest update is currently only showing for Fast ring Insiders, but doubtless it'll roll out to everyone within a few weeks.