Skype for windows 8.1 can now upgrade calls to video chats and will feature Cortana integration.
It will use personal assistant Cortona to start Skype calls using voice control. According to the official skype blog post “Windows Phone 8.1’s assistant who keeps you closer to the people and things that matter the most. People with a Windows Phone 8.1 device can use Cortana to quickly and easily start Skype calls. It’s as easy as saying “Skype, get Lara Kingwell on video”. Cortana will be included in a Skype for Windows Phone 8.1 update, which will be released in the coming months.”
The app will give you the ability to jump from a regular cellular call to a Skype video chat with a simple click.
“We know Skype users feel most connected to their friends and family when they can see their faces,” Skype’s Lara Kingwell says on the company’s official blog. “For the first time on mobile, you can easily upgrade your regular phone calls to Skype video calls.”
Microsoft has also stated that an upcoming update to Skype for Windows 8.1 allow user to pin Skype to the taskbar, making it accessible on your start screen as well as on desktop mode. For this you just need to hold down or right click on the Skype tile and select “Pin to Taskbar.”