The app now hooks into your contacts list to find out who is using Skype and how to get in touch with them.
Users can make group calls for free on Windows PCs, so why not tablets, too? Microsoft has solved that problem.
Theoretically, you can use Cortana to control Skype in the upgraded app for for Windows Phone, among other improvements. Early anecdotal tests have been buggy, however.
With better device-to-device syncing, smooth group messaging features, and a brand new design, Skype for iPhone finally catches up to competitors.
Microsoft's Skype team said the new iPhone app version, due in a week, will finally be on a par with its Android and iOS counterparts. In particular, the pesky offline messaging bugs will be solved, the team promises.
Before the end of the year, Skype plans to launch an app that can translate your words into other languages, in real time. The babel fish is real.
Talking to a bunch of your buds just got a whole lot less costly for Skype users.
Skype is getting even deeper integration with Windows Phone in version 8.1 including seamless voice call transfers and voice command video calls.