Skype for Windows Phone 8 has just received an update, where it ought to come with upgraded features, while the version number of the app will be knocked up to 2.13. According to Microsoft, the new Windows Phone 8 Skype app will see the inclusion of a feature that most instant messaging (IM) users have been waiting for a long time, that is, the ability for one to copy as well as paste messages. Microsoft shared, “You can now press and hold an IM message, select copy and paste it to where you need it.”
Apart from that, this particular new version is also tipped to hasten the load time whenever you want to kick off the Skype app from the Windows Phone live tile. Not only that, your eyes will also be pleased to hear that there is a new high contrast mode which can be enabled whenever a Windows Phone display has its settings set to high contrast. Do bear in mind that Microsoft has already stopped support for the Windows Phone 7 Skype app because they want to concentrate on the existing Windows Phone 8 version. We also hope to see that the future Windows Phone 8.1 version of Skype that is tipped to roll out sometime next year, will be a whole lot of fun as well. Looks like Windows Phone 8 is a platform that is getting more and more social! [Press Release]
Major Nelson has just announced that there will be a compulsory Xbox One system update which will launch real soon, and this particular update will be a wee bit different from what most folks are used to when it comes to the Xbox 360. In short, brace yourselves! Should you be using the Xbox One “Instant On” (which happens to be the low power state which enables you to turn on the console simply by speaking the magic words “Xbox On”), your console will immediately proceed and make a check for updates should you turn it off. The update has already been available since 5pm PT, December 10th.
After downloading the update automatically, the console will power completely down. This would mean one needs to manually turn on the console after the update is downloaded, as the “Xbox On” voice command will be unavailable until after the update is fully installed. When the console is turned on, this update will be applied, before the Xbox One goes through a reboot process. Even if you are not around for a few days, the Xbox One will still perform regular checks for updates, where they will download it in the background as well. Among some of the issues addressed with this update include SmartGlass problems for selected users when coming in and out of connected standby, multiplayer issues for a few when they rejoin games, inconsistent notifications for select users, dashboard performance for some users, as well as deliver improvements for Xbox One’s TV, system update, and content update services for scaling over time.