Skype Universal app officially announced for Windows 10 Mobile
SMS integration coming later this summer
Microsoft has released the new universal Skype experience for Windows 10 Mobile. Skype has been completely re-written for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. The app is currently open only to PC and Mobile users on the Insider program, but Microsoft will make it available to everyone with a Windows 10 device on August 2.
The UWP app comes with a number of improvements and fixes over the leaked unofficial version we downloaded last month. Microsoft also announced that the Messaging Everywhere functionally would be coming to the Skype Universal app later this summer. As you probably know, the company will remove the Messaging-Skype integration from Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update in August. With Messaging Everywhere, you will be able to send and receive SMS messages using the new Skype UWP app. Of course, the feature is not obligatory – you could still handle SMS messages using the traditional Messaging app if you want to.
However, with Skype / SMS integration, Microsoft wants to offer a real ‘Messaging Everywhere’ experience and soon not only Windows 10 users, but also those on Android and iOS may be able to send and receive messages using Skype.
Download Skype Preview from the Windows Store.