Today, we're excited to announce the release of our latest update (version 4.2.1) to Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad. Following a recent release that supported the larger iPhone 5 screen and fixed several bugs, the new version includes some of the most requested features from our users on both iPhone and iPad:
Accounts and Contacts
Are you new to Skype? Don't fret. Now, you can create a new Skype account right from within the app on your smartphone or tablet.
You can also sign in to Skype using a Microsoft account. Once you've logged in, you'll be able to merge your Windows Live Messenger and Outlook.com accounts with your Skype account. Then, whenever you sign in, all your friends will be in your Skype contact list automatically - so there's no need to have multiple IDs and passwords - your Microsoft account will bring everyone together into Skype.
Instant Messaging and Emoticons
Skype is great for instant messaging - and now you can now edit the instant messages you've sent. Simply tap and hold on an instant message to fix typos or re-word how you said something previously. If you've connected your Skype and Microsoft accounts, you can also send Skype instant messages to your Windows Live Messenger contacts.
In addition, your favorite Skype's emoticons are finally available on iOS! Include an emoticon in your instant messages by selecting it from the emoticons picker while typing. For those using a device with a retina display*, you will see your emoticons animate.
Upgrade to the latest versions of Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad now by visiting the iTunes App Store. As always, we want to hear your feedback - please let us know your thoughts here on the Skype Community.
*iOS devices with Retina display include the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, 4th and 5th generation iPod Touch, and 3rd and 4th generation iPad.
Are they improvement? Skype for all platforms, including native Windows 8 has deteriorated beyond belief. Imagine letting loose a program that doesn't have a 'search' function or allow you to see the number of the person you're trying to ring?
Please, give it back to Skype to fix.