Skype was a latecomer on Windows Phone, but everyone thought that once the app became available, it won’t be too different from its counterparts on iOS and Android. With the passage of time, this assumption has been proven wrong many times over, as despite being owned by Microsoft itself, the WP app of the service seems to have always been way down in the priority list when it comes to rolling out new features of the service. A few months back, Skype introduced video messaging on all other platforms, but WP7 and WP8 were left out of the picture. Now, however, the feature has finally been added to the Windows Phone app of the service, which means you can record video messages for anyone easily, and then share them even if the other party is not online. Thanks to Skype’s latest update, you can share as many videos with your friends as you want, and that too without having to worry about all the awkwardness that comes with live video chatting.
The new ‘video message’ option has not been placed in the most obvious of locations, so you might struggle to find it right away. To send a video, choose a contact and open their dedicated chat thread. The button only shows up when you hit the ‘settings’ button from the bottom bar in a conversation. The option is there for both online and offline contacts, so you don’t have to wait for anyone to be online before you shoot a video for them.
The video view in Skype is pretty simple. Before you begin recording, it is possible to switch between rear and front cams. This choice is not available during a video recording session, so make sure you select the appropriate camera before hitting the red record button. The video messages supported by Skype cannot be more than three minutes in length, but that should be enough for most occasions, specially given the fact that there is no limit on the number of messages that can be sent to a single user. Once a video has been shot, you can view it as many times as you want before it is actually shared.
Apart from the addition of this feature to the app, Skype for Windows Phone hasn’t changed a great deal in this recent update. There are the usual performance improvements and bug fixes, but nothing about the UI and existing features has been altered.
As always, Skype is a free app and works on both WP7 and WP8. Give it a go by heading to the following link.