Microsoft rolls out Skype Preview 11.9 for Windows 10

Lindsay James
Lindsay James
By Lindsay James on 07 November 2016
Microsoft rolls out Skype Preview 11.9 for Windows 10

Microsoft has rolled out a Skype update (Skype Preview 11.9) across Windows 10 PCs and phones, which adds the ability to send and receive SMS and MMS messages from your computer.

The SMS relay feature means that users can effectively use their Windows 10 PC as a phone when they have Skype for Windows 10 Mobile set as the default messaging app. They can send and receive texts, group messages and photos, and be able to see all of their SMS and Skype conversations in one place.

The latest version also now connects with Microsoft’s enterprise communications tool, Skype for Business. As a result, users can add Skype for Business contacts and directly message and call them from within Skype Preview, making it easier for them to manage their business and personal lives within one application.

Other new features include:

  • Improved messaging: drag and drop files and images up to 300MB into your chat to quickly share them with friends and family, right click on a message and select “Quote Message” so you will know who said what in your chats, see an image preview of a shared URL rather than a long link, and stay on top of messages with an unread message indicator in chat
  • Easier calling: manage audio and video devices from Skype settings to select a preferred camera, microphone or speaker and test audio before a call
  • Enhanced profiles: start a call or conversation from a contact’s profile page, add/remove/block contacts, view initials of a contact if they don’t have a profile picture, and unblock any contact you may currently have blocked
  • Additional Windows Mobile updates: video calls will now default to loud speaker, plus improved back button navigation
  • Access contacts from the task bar: friends, family and co-workers can now be set so that they are easily accessible from the task bar.

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