Don't forget the safety issue! In the message hub, I can use the built-in TTS/SR to "read" and reply to messages while driving. Not so with the Skype app. It would be wonderful if they were (or at least had the option to be) one and the same!
Not only should Skype be integrated into Messaging hub on Windows Phone, but it must become a part of the OS itself, as well as of Windows/RT. There's no point in keeping separate Skype application for Windows/Windows RT/Windows Phone deices anymore, not in this age. Video calling and text messaging must become a part of seamless Windows experience, with standalone apps existing only for other platforms that luck such integration.
Make Skype as integrated as the normal phone/call functionality.
But not only this; Everything is about communication and a clear view and control of what the status is of a communication with a specific contact/person.
Every message, no matter source, should be integrated into one central place where I can get a complete view of what is going on.
I want to see all emails (from all accounts), SMS-text messages, Skype messages and [any other app] messages in one "conversation history" tab for a contact. This is so obvious it is almost a bug that it doesn't already exist!
All message things should be integrated in a seamless way....I want to be able to have a group conversation between a Skype participant, a normal phone participant and any other app that features voice communication. It should not matter what client the other person is using....make it all work together!!!
I want to be able to send a message where some recipients are e-mail addresses, some are SMS-text recipients, some are Skype message recipients and some are whatsapp text message recipients.
Apps that provide communication features should be able to registrer themselves as such with the OS, and then by implementing a certain interfaces they should be part of the native messaging framework.
Think of different messaging apps as "drivers" to different message-exchange-protocols, just like printer drivers abstract the hardware differences so that any windows application can print to any printer, the "send message app" in the phone should be able to send messages to any of the installed messaging formats (Skype, SMS, SMTP, exchange, whatsapp. and so on...) this is what your users want! This is the thing that, possibly, can make windows-phone a main stream product.
Message hub is dead in 8.1...
I agree that the integration feature is needed!!
skype should be what iMessage is for Apple, plain and simple. it's robust enough, just work on implementing it into Windows Phone the way it should be. it should be seamless, and integrated into the whole OS, not some app on the side.