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    I thought Skype was supposed to be DEEPLY integrated into Windows Phone, people hub, messaging our contacts.

    My guess was that we would just add SKYPE to our accounts section just like we do Facebook, etc.

    But instead it's just another APP, which appears to LOG ME OFFLINE after about half of the day if i don't open up the app again.


    Does anyone have any more information on this?

    Is this just because it's in preview? or is this really it.
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    I'm also completely disappointed in it. I called my wife on Skype and it rang through on her iPhone. She called me back.. nothing happened. Although strangely she sees me as 'online' but when she calls me it just rings and I see nothing on my device unless the app is open.

    Why can Skype run in the background on iPhone and iPad but not WP8? I don't even see it in Background Tasks.

    Huge disappointment if this is all there is. Maybe they don't want to completely intergrate it until they work out the 'Preview' bugs, but that's just wishful thinking on my part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iphonemilk View Post
    I thought Skype was supposed to be DEEPLY integrated into Windows Phone, people hub, messaging our contacts.

    My guess was that we would just add SKYPE to our accounts section just like we do Facebook, etc.

    But instead it's just another APP, which appears to LOG ME OFFLINE after about half of the day if i don't open up the app again.


    Does anyone have any more information on this?

    Is this just because it's in preview? or is this really it.
    When I installed the app, it put my contacts into the people hub, which I could then link to an existing contact. Inside that contact, is now a Skype section, to which it says "voice, video, chat."

    Now, all of these actions have to, currently, be performed inside the Skype app. So when I click that option, Skype opens and instantly takes me into that contact.

    I understand what you're saying about being deeply implemented. Maybe it's on it's way, maybe this is how it will be for the time being. I don't know... but it works great.

    Also, I only have one thing under settings and that is Message Toast Notifications. And it's turned on. I've had the app installed since Sunday evening when it went live, and it's been running in the background ever since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loiselle View Post
    When I installed the app, it put my contacts into the people hub, which I could then link to an existing contact. Inside that contact, is now a Skype section, to which it says "voice, video, chat."

    Now, all of these actions have to, currently, be performed inside the Skype app. So when I click that option, Skype opens and instantly takes me into that contact.

    I understand what you're saying about being deeply implemented. Maybe it's on it's way, maybe this is how it will be for the time being. I don't know... but it works great.

    Also, I only have one thing under settings and that is Message Toast Notifications. And it's turned on. I've had the app installed since Sunday evening when it went live, and it's been running in the background ever since.
    That's very odd.. yeah i've been following my "online status" for days now, asking my friends to check to see if i'm online or not, and i keep getting dropped offline, then all i have to do is re open the app.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iphonemilk View Post
    That's very odd.. yeah i've been following my "online status" for days now, asking my friends to check to see if i'm online or not, and i keep getting dropped offline, then all i have to do is re open the app.
    I'm online but not able to receive calls. Only when I open the app do I see "1 Missed Call'. I don't even get a live tile notification about this.

    See if they are able to call you while you are not in the app, that's the real test.
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    Has anyone seen the Skype Live Tile update ever? Just curious. I don't think it has any Live Tile support at all, which is vastly different then what they were advertising it as.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iphonemilk View Post
    I thought Skype was supposed to be DEEPLY integrated into Windows Phone, people hub, messaging our contacts.

    My guess was that we would just add SKYPE to our accounts section just like we do Facebook, etc.

    But instead it's just another APP, which appears to LOG ME OFFLINE after about half of the day if i don't open up the app again.


    Does anyone have any more information on this?

    Is this just because it's in preview? or is this really it.
    I TOTALLY AGREE WHAT IS UP with Skype and it's **** poor integration???

    starting to make me come to a sad realization that I should have given wp8 a year before I hopped on it...
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    It's flaky right now. I had the app closed the whole day then out of no where I get a toast notification from my friend saying hi. So I clicked on it and we started a video chat. He said my video looked delayed by like 10 seconds. After that I closed the app and never heard from anyone since then.

    Microsoft talks a lot about this stuff but lately they go about half way in their implementation. For instance when the Xbox Music app was announced it sounded like the second coming of Christ. In use I find it to be awkward, flaky, and featureless. It's just a shell of a music player.

    I really hope they spend the next year updating everything with no long delays. Every app that is so so needs to be touch and improved at least every two months.
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    Ummm... guys... there's a reason that the word "Beta" appears in the title of the app. You're running not-ready-for-prime-time software. It is bound to have serious bugs and issues, as well as incomplete functionality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iphonemilk View Post
    That's very odd.. yeah i've been following my "online status" for days now, asking my friends to check to see if i'm online or not, and i keep getting dropped offline, then all i have to do is re open the app.
    I've FINALLY had a chance to test this, and by that, I mean fully with 2 phones or devices running Skype, when the app itself isn't running. And yeah, it seems you have to be in the app to receive a message or video chat request. Maybe this will be fixed soon.
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    Hopefully, the full version will have all the features missing from the Preview.

    I am holding out hope that Skype will be fully integrated as planned, or else I'll be pretty disappointed for upgrading to a L920 from an L900.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brmiller1976 View Post
    Ummm... guys... there's a reason that the word "Beta" appears in the title of the app. You're running not-ready-for-prime-time software. It is bound to have serious bugs and issues, as well as incomplete functionality.
    When are we going to stop giving excuses to Microsoft? Skype was a HUGE feature and selling point in WP8, it was all over every presentation they had. It's been in development for two years. It should be there DAY ONE! I bought a phone with a front facing camera for Skype, and it is still dysfunctional compared to iPhone and Android. Why do I even need a front facing camera now?

    Skype was advertised as always on, deep intergration, NONE of those things are in the package. I'm kind of outraged about it. You should be too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Banstyle View Post
    When are we going to stop giving excuses to Microsoft? Skype was a HUGE feature and selling point in WP8, it was all over every presentation they had. It's been in development for two years. It should be there DAY ONE! I bought a phone with a front facing camera for Skype, and it is still dysfunctional compared to iPhone and Android. Why do I even need a front facing camera now?

    Skype was advertised as always on, deep intergration, NONE of those things are in the package. I'm kind of outraged about it. You should be too.
    +1

    I feel like the manufacturers brought their A game in terms of hardware, but Microsoft did the same old routine of "let's get it out in time for consumers to buy the hardware and then we'll just incrementally churn out updates"
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    It gets harder and harder to try and support this lovely OS when it is seemingly unfinished and misadvertised. Sort it out MS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicooke View Post
    It gets harder and harder to try and support this lovely OS when it is seemingly unfinished and misadvertised. Sort it out MS!
    Agree 100%. The OS hasn't been like what they advertised it as. I wish I knew wth is going on with them. They've promised up Pandora and other apps and they still have yet to show up.
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    Really? A three month old thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamtim View Post
    Really? A three month old thread?
    still prevalent thou, I really do not like Skype on w8 and wp8. hopefully they fix it soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdubmu View Post
    still prevalent thou, I really do not like Skype on w8 and wp8. hopefully they fix it soon.
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    No. Not really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdubmu View Post
    still prevalent thou, I really do not like Skype on w8 and wp8. hopefully they fix it soon.
    IT'S PREVIEW SOFTWARE. A beta. Not the final, commercial release. Complaining about beta software on a forum like this is... pointless. Issues with preview/beta software should be raised to the developer, not used as fuel for a rage-gasm circle-jerk.
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    And let us hope we can finally send and receive files.... I am quite happy with WP8, but Skype really sucks. Yes, it is preview software. But they should put more effort into this and they should give us a time table, saying when these problems will be fixed. Can't be that difficult, just a matter of misplaced priorities --- after all Microsoft now is the developer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttsoldier View Post
    No. Not really.
    Actually yes. When somebody video calls me and the app isn't open, it just rings, when I open up Skype it says missed call.

    They really need to fix it.
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    I noticed the same thing and think I found a fix...
    Granted I don't use Skype all that much, I can usually get calls when I open Skype, and then press the home button and continue to use my phone. Therefore, you know, keeping the app open. It doesn't seem to drain any extra battery in the week or so that I've started doing this...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rdubmu View Post
    They really need to fix it.
    What part of "preview software" are you missing? I quote from the Marketplace entry for Skype itself:

    "Skype for Windows Phone 8 Preview"
    "**THIS IS A PREVIEW RELEASE, EXPERIENCES ARE NOT YET FINAL**"
    "NOTE: Some capabilities listed above are work-in-progress and may not function consistently. This includes, but is not limited to: call reliability and the ability to receive incoming calls and chat notifications when outside of the app."

    (Emphasis mine, of course.)

    I mean really... re-opening a three month old thread to complain that Skype isn't working when the Marketplace entry for Skype itself openly states it isn't working? Ye gads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamtim View Post

    I mean really... re-opening a three month old thread to complain that Skype isn't working when the Marketplace entry for Skype itself openly states it isn't working? Ye gads.
    Isn't it miserable that after 3 months of complaints Skype is still not working - which Microsoft owns, promised everyone last June, and made an advertisement showing off?

    They still advertise it around time square today - does a user deserve an answer that is more than "sorry our app is not working"? Oh my god, they paid for that phone.
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    Being in the s/w field myself, I hate this overwhelming "Get it out and fix it later" mentality.... true, no software is totally bug-free, but come on.... having said that, when we installed the skype app, we took on the assumption that we are Beta (or Alpha?) testers and the software is going to have a list of issues (some of which, by the way, are "documented" in the "Show details" section in the store - in fact the very problems that people are complaining above)

    However, I would have expected a lot more love from a MS product on their OS.... there is just no excuse.... whenever they bring something on, it better be gooooooood..... maybe April when they finally force switch from Messenger to Skype?? who knows... I am not holding my breath... for now, people just have to msg me on Whatsapp and ask me to come on Skype.... for what it's worth, for them it's like I don't have Skype on my mobile device.... :(
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