Skype adds HD video to retina display iPhone and iPad and Skype app will come bundled with Windows 8.1 update

Skype has added HD video capabilities for certain Apple iPhone and iPad customers as part of a new update for its iOS apps with additional rumours that the messaging service will come bundled as part of Microsoft Windows 8.1.

The new update has already hit the iOS App Store for owners of the retina-display iPhone 5 and fourth-generation iPad able to make 720p HD video calls.

Whilst this was the main update, the new app also adds improvements to audio and video quality as well as the stability of the Skype experience across both retina-display iOS devices.

There is also an easier to use country code selector on the dialling pad that will make it simpler to call numbers in countries other than your own.

Skype 4.10 comes with the usual general fixes and improvements with specific stability changes to help out users of iOS 7 beta and they confirmed that Skype “will offer full iOS 7 support when it’s officially released”.

WinBeta is also reporting that a leak of the new Microsoft Windows 8.1 build 9471 has a pre-installed copy of Skype ready to go as soon as it’s released.

The blog confirms that the new app is “identical to the current Windows 8 app” that is available in the Windows Store right now.

In addition, the new release of Windows 8.1 includes an Assigned Access mode, a better Calendar app, Reading List and a new Health + Fitness app.

Skype is one of the most used apps on the planet with 22 per cent of smartphone users worldwide accessing the service via their handset. This only trails Chinese service Weixin/WeChat in the messaging stakes and is seventh in the list of top ten most accessed apps. In terms of the number of downloads, the company reported that 100 million people have now downloaded the app and celebrated by releasing an Android app in July.

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