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This feature is really needed. Currently, I only know about them inside the app. Thanks!
For all of my Windows Phone friends, the Messaging Hub is one of the best features of the OS.

It's clear and simple to use. The fact that it integrates Messenger, text and Facebook chat is an amazing feature.

It's literally the one stop place for all messaging and it's an extremely useful and valuable feature.

One problem is that Skype messages don't appear here, instead they go to a separate app.

It makes sense to include Skype to the Messaging Hub.

Looking at the Messaging Hub and Skype app side by side, the layout and how you actually view messages is so much clearer on the Messaging Hub.

It's actually pointless having chat on the Skype app, and annoying that it's not integrated.

It drives me CRAZY when I'm chatting with someone on my computer and I'm getting all the notifications about that chat on my phone and on my tablet (if it happens to be on, of course). Can't you somehow make the entire Skype "aware" that you are at your computer so there's no need to send notifications to your other devices at that moment? Please, do something about it. :sad:


Use the phones accent color on your live tile

Status: Under consideration
by norwayfrank ‎16-04-2014 13:30 - edited ‎16-04-2014 13:31

Please either make the live tile follow the phones accent color or make it an option (as some developers have). I and many others prefer to have tiles that follow the phones live tile.


"All MS apps should be. The ugly red news tile backside, the green music and games tiles are ruining my start screen." -DaSchnee


Now I have the top part of my start screen with all tiles that follow the phones accent color and a buttom part with all the apps that does not look good but is usefull, Skype is in this part. 


And for the times when someone uses the new background features in WP 8.1 it would be nice if your live tile would allow for that as well. I only have two apps the follow the accent color that does not support the new background featues (still early days) but none of the ones that wants it's own color does support the new background feature (Skype, HERE, OneNote, Xbox).


The S and circles should be enough branding for Skype on Windows Phone, it would be more visible with suport for the phones accent color than it is without.


file transfer

Status: Accepted
by tibal32 on ‎08-10-2013 09:00
I would really appreciate if you guys work on the file transfer for WP8. It would really enhance the user experience besides it is a must, a lot of ppl use it to transfer important files be it educational, professional or of sentimental value. I would personally enjoy to share and receive photos with my friends on the go not having to get home to see what they send or for me to send something to them. Ur part of the microsoft family now and the lumia series is in there too, that's a great opportunity to experiment and enhance the skype mobile experience. Also it would ve awesome if u guys worked on a conference call feature! That would be amazingly cool. I know you guys must be working really hard but I've feel the skype app is lacking those mayor features.
Status: Accepted

GDR 3.0 update finally enables custom notification sounds for apps. It would be awesome if Skype would use their own chat sound so we can know which app triggered a notification without even looking at the phone.

I would really like to see a very high level of integration into the core functions of the OS. Integrating the contacts was a great step for this but the app feels under powered compared to the desktop version and it absolutely feels like an add in instead of tightly part of the experience.
Using Skype on Windows Phone and Surface (as well on my desktop pc) it's now obvious to me that Skype contacts need to be merged with my Messenger contacts.

The duplication on a functional and visual standpoint is just messy and confusing. At least copy the Windows concept of linking if you're not able to integrate contacts.

The log-in for Skype is unintuitive. Maybe it's time to do away with the Skype log in and sensibly switch everything to Microsoft Account log in.

I find the Facebook log in pointless and seems to me just pandering to Facebook. Which is just bizarre. By adding another complication, it's diluting the message or concept of having one account across all services.

Please absorb Skype accounts with MS accounts and scrap the pointless and confusing Facebook log in.

messaging: sent delivered read

Status: Under consideration
by Boleman on ‎28-11-2013 18:25 - last edited on ‎17-04-2014 09:34 by Community Manager Community Manager

having a "sent delivered read" feature would be great as it would allow people to know if there message has got through to the person they sent it to, and on a mobile this is more important as you don't always know if you have  a signal.


whatsapp, facebook and BBM are just a few examples that implement this well. 


Allow starting group calls on phone

Status: Future possibility
by westeros on ‎27-10-2013 19:07 - last edited on ‎06-02-2014 12:26 by Community Manager Community Manager

Just like on the desktop app where I can add more people to a call, or directly form a group and call, I wish this feature would be made available on the windows phone as well.


A "soft" do not disturb status

Status: New Idea
by erikbergenwall on ‎16-05-2014 00:42



I dont like to get Skype calls when I am in game, so I normally set my online status as "Do not disturb". However, I do want some contacts to be able to reach me.


I want to have a "soft" do not disturb status, so that most contacts see that I have a "do not disturb" status. However, "priority contacts" of my selection should still see me as "Online" and still be able to contact me.



Do you think this is possible?


If I am Skyping in my kitchen on my tablet, I should be able to pass the call to my desktop when I want to go to my desk.


Could there be a button which allows you to transfer the call without hanging up and reconnecting with the person on the call?


Send SMS from Skype to phone numbers

Status: Future possibility
by on ‎08-10-2013 10:18 - last edited on ‎10-10-2013 16:37 by Community Manager Community Manager

SMS to mobiles is a must.


[Following part edited by Moderator]

Horizontal screen layout when typing in chat. Please create a separate idea for that.

Send/Receive photos. Separate idea here


Enable landscape mode

Status: Duplicate
by ZeroPageX on ‎16-04-2014 22:50

It's way easier to type in landscape mode.

Status: Duplicate
This is a duplicate of Please vote for that idea to show your support.

Add landscape viewing mode support for chats

Status: Under consideration
by Lowflyin on ‎11-12-2013 03:17 - last edited on ‎16-12-2013 14:28 by Community Manager Community Manager

Please allow the user to pick what viewing mode they want instead of.forcing them to use portrait mode for chat. It's too hard to type in portrait mode.


Skype WiFi

Status: Future possibility
by lzk987 on ‎08-10-2013 20:49

Skype WiFi will be useful on Windows Phone 8 and 7.X



Skype Connecting & Resuming

Status: Accepted
by asim2202 on ‎27-10-2013 20:04

On my Lumia 820, skype and wp8 fully updated, when someone calls and i pick up the app will say connecting forever and in some situations when i got back to the app it says resuming for so long that i have to quit it altogether. i dont know what is causing this but its very frustrating as i am a student living away from home and my family calls at random times and i need it to work on my phone so i can answer wherever i am. In other news, I got a Surface Pro 2 and the skype on that is very fluent but i cant seem to share screens or add people to a call.

Status: Accepted
Since the submission of this idea in October 2013 we have made vast improvements on the app resume behaviour and we continue to reduce the time needed for that.

While I appreciate the Skype team asking for suggestions on new features, the Skype experience is so horrible that I'd rather they focused solely on bug fixing than devote resources to adding more features. The syncing of messages and calls across devices is probably the worst compared to any other instant messaging client amongst all the mobile ecosystems and while I know the team is working on fundamental changes and becoming more cloud-based, which would help with syncing conversations across devices, this cannot be done faster. Any comparable client (Viber, for example, almost instantly syncs my conversations between my phone and desktop) beats Skype by miles in this aspect. Also, the notifications need to seriously be improved. I often don't get any notification at all for incoming calls or messages (I've kept Skype as one of the apps able to show a quick status on my lockscreen and even the functionality there is horrible), only for me to find multiple missed calls when I open the app.

Status: Implemented
With our last three releases we have worked hard to improve the app startup, conversation resume and message sync behaviour. We continue to invest a large amount of our development time on quality improvements besides adding new features.

Black theme for Skype

Status: Not right now
by dglavimans on ‎16-02-2014 20:31

It kinda amazed me something like this isn't in Skype yet but i really like apps like Twitter to give me the option to switch to a black theme, since my phone is black and the screen is a Amoled screen it saves me a lot of battery, Skype is my most used app but this doesn't allow me to switch to a black theme, it would really fit with the rest of the OS for me instead of "just another app"

Status: Not right now
The white and blue theme is Skype's trademark identity and there are currently no plans to offer an alternative theme.

Speech to control Skype

Status: Future possibility
by andreasbalzer on ‎09-11-2013 17:33

It would be nice to be able to control Skype via Speech.

Skype, Call John.

Skype, Call John on mobile.

Skype, answer that Skype call.

Skype, add Marry to the call.

Skype, remove John from the call.

Skype, send a message to Joe "foo bar"



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