Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 adds Cortana support, 720p video calling, and much more

Microsoft has announced a new Skype app for Windows Phone 8.1, which is set for release very soon. The company has decided to outline the new features that are set to appear in this new version.

Earlier today, Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 and the Cortana digital assistant. With the upcoming update to the Skype app for Windows Phone 8.1, you can utilize Cortana to make quick Skype calls while on the go. Here are the new features of the updated Skype app:

  • Use Cortana, Windows Phone’s personal assistant, to quickly start Skype calls on the go
  • Being always on to help you stay connected with the people who matter most, giving you real time notifications and updates on the Live Tile
  • People hub, allowing you to video call those closest to you directly through your contacts
  • Video Instant Messaging, letting you stay in contacts with the people you care about most, even when they’re offline
  • HD 720p video calling
  • Navigation through the app using the beautiful modern user interface
  • The things you love most on Skype for Windows Phone: video calling, instant messaging and audio calling.

You can take a look at the Skype app interaction with Cortana below. Not to be outdone, the Skype app for Windows 8.1 will also be receiving an update soon, allowing the app to be pinned to the taskbar and accessible either on your start screen or on the desktop.