Keeping up with its promise made earlier this week, Microsoft is all set to bring the new Skype Video Messaging feature for Windows 8. Microsoft has now announced the preview release of Skype Video Messaging for Windows 8 Modern UI (earlier known as Metro) and also Windows RT.
Skype Video Messaging for Windows RT
With Skype Video Messaging, users can send an offline video message to another user, which wasn’t possible earlier. It is as simple as sending an offline instant text message. The other user can conveniently watch the message whenever he/she is online. Each video message sent can be up to three minutes long and can be viewed for up to 90 days for free users. On the other hand, premium users can keep and view the message as long as they want.
This feature comes with the new version 1.7. The Skype 1.7 for Windows 8 changelog includes “Preview video messaging” and “General fixes.” However, it only mentions the fix for a bug that results in green video showing up on certain laptops. Windows 8 Modern and Windows RT users can download Skype video messaging from the Windows store.
Though Skype Video Messaging for Windows 8 is here, it is just a preview, and could be slightly buggy. Though Microsoft hasn’t mentioned the exact release date, the Skype Video Messaging will soon be made available for Windows Phone 8. However, reportedly they can still receive and view video messages. Earlier this week, we'd seen Microsoft release a preview of Skype Video Messaging for Windows 7 desktop users. Last month, Skype for Windows 8 was updated with contact blocking ability, allowing users more control over who can contact them. It allows users to block contacts, if they choose to, thereby deciding their circle of contacts on the popular VoIP platform.