Skype adds video messaging to Windows Phone 8 app


Skype released an updated version of its over-the-top messaging application for parent company Microsoft's (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone 8, adding support for free, unlimited video messaging.

Previously rolled out to Skype for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY), the feature enables Windows Phone 8 smartphone users to record and share videos up to three minutes in length. Messages can be received and viewed on any platform or device running the app. "To record a video message, just open a conversation and tap +," said Skype Product Marketing Manager Lara Kingwell. "Or if you can't reach a contact by Skype call and choose to send them a video message instead, just tap the prompt and begin recording your message."

In addition to video messaging, Skype offers free voice and video calling alongside IM, SMS, photo sharing and file sharing. The application supports both Wi-Fi and 3G.

More than 45 percent of smartphone owners now use some form of instant messaging or over-the-top messaging app in addition to or instead of traditional SMS, according to a survey by Analysys Mason. Also, 20 percent of consumers use a VoIP app, and 20 percent within that segment use it more than conventional voice services. Analysys Mason notes that Skype dominates the VoIP market, with 79 percent of VoIP app users/16 percent of all respondents embracing the service.

For more:
- read this Skype Garage blog post

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