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Skype gets iOS update with dropped call recovery and more

Microsoft-owned Skype has updated its iPhone and iPad apps to version 4.5, which brings some new features, including automatic dropped call recovery.

When you're on a call and you lose a connection with the person on the other end of the line due to a poor Wi-Fi or mobile network reception, Skype will now automatically redial right away. The latest version also comes with a fix so that Instant Message conversations will now appear in the correct order. There's also a marketing opt-in and out selector when registering in the app.

The new iPad version also brings some other changes, including an improved user interface allowing you to swipe from the left of the screen to see your recent conversations in a sidebar. Skype will also now look better on the iPad mini thanks to minor user interface changes and improved spacing.

In addition, you can now add money to your Skype account directly from the iPad app to send SMS or call mobile phones and landlines worldwide. This feature is available in the UK, France, Sweden, Estonia, and the US.

Also, the iPhone version of the app now routes emergency calls right through the native dialer. The latest versions of Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad are availbale in Apple's App Store.

Meanwhile, Microsoft for the past several months has been warning users of its vintage Windows Live Messenger service to switch over to Skype. Microsoft will officially discontinue the 12-year old Messenger service on 15 March.