A few months ago we told you about our plans to modernize Skype
with our next generation call infrastructure and improved call quality, available in the most recent releases of all major desktop and mobile platforms.
We’re continuously looking for ways to improve and simplify the ways you use Skype, so over the course of the next several weeks we’ll be making some changes to the experience.
Keep the call going, even when you leave
Now, when the person who initiates a call hangs up, the call will carry on smoothly no matter who leaves or joins the conversation. This means that the discussion won’t be interrupted if someone has to greet an unexpected visitor at the door, or even if dinner is ready.
Simplifying the way you make calls
Starting with Android and coming to iOS soon after, the “Call phones” tab will become the “Calls” tab. From there, you’ll have access to fast, simple one-tap calling of all types—free Skype-to-Skype audio or video calls, as well as calls to mobile or landline numbers that require you to use Skype Credit. Purchasing Skype Credit will become a lot simpler too. So you’ll benefit from being able to call any group or individual from a single place, with a single tap.
A new way to listen to voicemail
In response to the decline in traditional voicemail use, we’ve decided to modernize the way you can leave a message by using the richness and personal nature of video. You can also leave a simple chat message if you prefer, all integrated natively into your chat with the person or group you tried to call. As we roll this feature out, here’s what you’ll see if your call isn’t answered:
If you love using Skype’s traditional voicemail delivery, or simply can’t live without it, fear not. We’ll continue to support the ability to receive voicemail (with settings controllable in the Skype account portal), however custom voicemail greetings, email notifications and SMS transcription will no longer be available.
Thank you for your support as we continue to evolve Skype, so you can benefit from the best that technology has to offer today. And remember to stay tuned for more exciting news and improvements for the future.
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