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HD video functionality arrives on updated Skype for Windows 8

Microsoft has released a new version of Skype for Windows 8, which brings improved support for HD video and better video messaging.

With the latest release, you can now send 720p video and receive 1080p video, which should bolster the overall quality and performance of video calls. However, HD video support is only available in "select scenarios" depending on the sender's camera, the receiver's setup, and available network bandwidth, Microsoft specified.

As for other changes, the new version also brings improvements to Skype's video-messaging capabilities.

"Video messaging enables you to share life moments with contacts whether they're off or online," Aga Guzik, head of desktop product marketing at Skype, wrote in a blog post. "With this release we improved the stability of video messaging and made video messaging easier to find with improved notifications."

There are still several known issues impacting the video messaging feature, however. For instance, video messages should be displayed in the chat history, but they won't show up there at the moment. In addition, the video message thumbnail incorrectly redirects to record instead of playback in certain situations.

While those problems remain outstanding, Microsoft fixed a number of other issues impacting file transfers, call connections and notifications. As a result, Skype should crash less when you're sending files, reconnecting a call and clicking on notifications.

The latest version of Skype for Windows 8 is available for download on the Skype website. Users can provide feedback about the update via the Skype Community page.