Microsoft Disables Skype People Hub Integration For Windows Phone 8, For Now

By Prarthito Maity email: p.maity@mobilenapps.com | Jan 03, 2013 07:13 AM EST

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Microsoft has now successfully pushed out a brand new update for its Skype app for Windows Phone 8. While it has brought about a host of changes and updates to the app, the company has intentionally removed a few for different purposes.

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Although the company has introduced a bunch of improvements for the app's keyboard and its autocomplete and autocorrect, and also enhanced the notifications for Windows Live Messenger buddies, Microsoft says it has decided to temporarily disable the People Hub integration for Skype.

"We have also temporarily disabled the People Hub integration as it was causing issues with device stability. We are working with the Windows Phone team to resolve the issue and to enable the integration again in a future release," the official document reads.

What this new change means that now Windows Phone 8 Skype users will no longer be able to commence Skype calls from outside of the app itself. However, some users will still find relief knowing that the Skype background calls still work and users will be able to continue to receive calls even when the app is not running in the foreground.

However, Skype still assured users that the change to People Hub is temporary. The complete list of changes can be found below:

  • Updated chat keyboard with improved autocomplete/autocorrect is now available.
  • Buddies from Windows Live Messenger are labeled in the People list.
  • Added option to enable toast notifications for Windows Live Messenger buddies.
  • People Hub integration temporarily disabled.

Although People Hub Integration of Skype was one of the key features that Microsoft played up prior to the release of the app, the company has admitted there's some device stability issues.

Microsoft revealed the preview version for Skype for Windows Phone 8 back in November 2012, after it was announced by the company in October. At that time, it was stated, via The Verge, that "the app is a more complete incarnation of the VoIP client than Windows Phone 7 users had before; features include the ability to run in the background, incoming calls that match the style of regular phone conversations, and lock screen notifications."

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