1. Business Ideas
  2. Business Plans
  3. Startup Basics
  4. Startup Funding
  5. Franchising
  6. Success Stories
  7. Entrepreneurs
  1. Sales & Marketing
  2. Finances
  3. Your Team
  4. Technology
  5. Social Media
  6. Security
  1. Get the Job
  2. Get Ahead
  3. Office Life
  4. Work-Life Balance
  5. Home Office
  1. Leadership
  2. Women in Business
  3. Managing
  4. Strategy
  5. Personal Growth
  1. HR Solutions
  2. Financial Solutions
  3. Marketing Solutions
  4. Security Solutions
  5. Retail Solutions
  6. SMB Solutions
Product and service reviews are conducted independently by our editorial team, but we sometimes make money when you click on links. Learn more.
Grow Your Business Technology

Skype for Windows Phone 8.1: Upgrade to Video Calls on the Fly

Skype for Windows Phone 8.1: Upgrade to Video Calls on the Fly
The new Skype app is compatible with all Windows Phone devices running Windows Phone 8.1. / Credit: Nokia

A new version of the Skype mobile app lets you turn any phone chat into a video-conferencing call with the push of a button. The revamped app is packed with new features for business users, and is compatible with all Windows Phone devices running Windows Phone 8.1, a new version of Microsoft's mobile operating system. Microsoft hasn't announced an exact launch date for the new Skype app, but says it's "coming soon." Here are three productivity-boosting features to look forward to.

Instantly upgrade to video calls

Face-to-face meetings are an important part of doing business, but they're not always practical. That's why video conferencing is such a valuable tool for communicating with employees, colleagues and clients. And the new Skype app makes it easier to connect via video chat. During any regular phone call, just tap the onscreen Skype button that has been added to the dialer in Windows Phone 8.1. That will activate your phone's camera and instantly turn any cellular call into a video call.

Voice commands

The new Skype app is fully integrated with Cortana, the new voice-activated virtual assistant that debuted with Windows Phone 8.1. Instead of launching the Skype app and initiating a video call, you can now start a video call using a simple verbal phrase. Just say "Skype, get (contact name) on video" to start a video-conferencing session. Voice commands help you start and complete your call more quickly and easily, so you can get back to work.

Video instant messaging

The addition of video instant messaging allows you to send video clips to your contacts, even when they're not online; they can view your message the next time they sign into Skype. The new feature can help users communicate, even when they have busy or conflicting work schedules.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.