Last January, Microsoft has talked about how it is bringing Skype messaging into the native text messaging app on Windows 10 Mobile. This morning, that app has finally leaked through a downloadable link to the Windows Store. The app appears to be installable by anyone with a Windows 10 Mobile device hinting that the app may be released with this week’s expected Mobile Preview update.
The Messaging Skype Beta app comes in at just 24.7 MB and asks if it can take over your current Messaging app. Both apps remain, however, if you accept and all new SMS messages go to the new combined App.
Additionally, the download installs a second app called Skype Video Preview. This app is a much more streamlined Skype experience that lets users direct call each other with video. Indeed, the app is reminiscent of Apple’s FaceTime as its only purpose is video calls. A list of call history is presented and tapping the user name launches into a direct Skype call with that user. If you want to chat with them, you need to use the Messaging Skype Beta app. You can chat with them during a call as the app’s just switch and the experience feels rather seamless.
The overall experience so far with both apps is positive. The messaging apps is very similar to the current messaging app. Users can choose a Skype or typical SMS-style when creating a new can dynamically switch between Skype and SMS within a single conversation so long as the contact’s information is linked together (Skype and personal number). We did experience occasionally crashes and sudden app close-outs reinforcing that this is indeed still a beta.
You can download the app below to your Windows 10 Mobile device and give it a go. Like all things, remember that you are installing a beta app for what could be considered a crucial aspect of your phone: SMS messaging. As such, plan to have a backup ready in case something breaks.
Source via WindowsCentral