Skype, Xbox One chat, XBone skyping

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything from the Skype team on their plans for Xbox One, but that silence has finally been broken with the announcement of Skype 1.8 for the gaming console.

View photos from Windows Phone, iOS, or Android

With the new version, Skype has added the ability for Skypers on Xbox to view photos sent from mobile phones. Skype users from Windows Phone, Android and iOS mobile devices can now share pictures with Skype for Xbox One users. Photos can be shared in 1:1 or group chats, and also in slide show form if there are multiple photos being shared simultaneously.

The new update also enhances the May-launched snap mode for Xbox One, allowing you to answer a call in Snap mode while using other voice-controlled apps.

The new version snaps automatically with “Xbox answer”

Saying “Xbox answer” if you get a VoIP call via Skype while you’re watching TV or playing a game will cause the apps to automatically snap side by side by side to your video or gaming experience without interrupting it. You can also choose to answer a Skype call in phone screen if you so choose.

Finally, the new update lets you view your recent and favorite contacts, view previews of messages, and make calls directly from Skype in Snap mode rather than being forced to use the full screen mode.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at