The Skype app for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 has just been updated to add a new location sharing feature, among several others. Microsoft shares in an official blog post that Skype version 2.22 for Windows Phone now enables you to send “a Bing map of your location, pinpointing exactly where you are”.
"Location sharing lets you have an even better chat experience on the go. Seeing friends or family and want to tell them where to meet you? Simply use this new feature to send them a Bing map of your location, pinpointing exactly where you are," Microsoft wrote in a blog post.
Besides the location based sharing, the popular IM chat and video conferencing app also added the ability to save pictures and notification controls for individual conversations. Here’s the complete changelog.
- Location Sharing: Click the ‘+’ icon in a chat and select ‘share location’ to share your location with the people in your conversation
- Save Picture: To save a photo: tap the image to enlarge it, then tap for more menu options and select ‘save photo’
- Notification Controls for Individual Conversations: In a chat, tap for more options and select ‘notifications’. Here you can choose to turn notifications for that conversation on or off, so you’re only notified about incoming messages if you want to be.
Microsoft hopes that the new update will bolster the Skype chat experience, and give users a reason to stop using other IM services. You can grab the updated version of Skype from the download link below.