Microsoft had updated Skype for its Windows Phone app earlier this week. But the update comes with definite downsides as indicated by the changelog which warns that the feature is still in the ‘work-in-progress' status.
Even though there are interesting new features, some key features have become missing. For instance, Skype 188.8.131.52 temporarily shuts down integration with People Hub of Windows Phone.
Microsoft has started working on its retiring Messenger and users now can IM their friends from the list available within Skype. In addition to this, the new update of Skype also facilitates receiving calls as well as messaging even when Skype is closed.
There is increased call reliability as well. The glaring pothole in the update is expected to be patched up by Microsoft with the release of another update, the due date of which is unknown.
The update has been released for Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 7.5. Skype stated that People Hub integration had been disabled for a while because it led to problems with stability of the device. Skype is working along with the team from Windows Phone to rectify the issue.
People Hub integration feature of Skype is one of the best features of the app. People Hub of Windows Phone lists phone numbers, e-mail addresses and other contact information of the user. The integration service from Skype adds the username of a person into People Hub. This makes it very easy to make VoIP calls.
For those wishing to stay up-to-date, but do not mind missing out on such an important feature, can get the new update sized 8MB from Windows Phone Store.