Skype, Xbox One, Xbox One Apps

Skype is taking its communications platform seriously as it faces VoIP calling competitors around the world. It says that it’s “investing in all sorts of improvements that will help improve video and audio calls in almost any situation” and these improvements will be able to be seen across different desktop and mobile platforms.

We’ve been hard at work trying to make sure that you have the best quality call possible, the company said on its official blog. Over the past nine months we’ve seen significant increases in the amount of HD calls sent by our users. We’re proud to say that we’ve had an increase of more than 900% in 720p+ calls on Windows Modern and an increase of over 500% on our Windows desktop client. And that’s a huge step forward in high definition video calling if you ask us.

“The main advantage we have over our competition is the sheer number of call minutes we process each day, and that helps us ensure quality calls,” says Karlheinz Wurm, Partner Product Manager for Skype Real-time communications – up to 2 billion minutes per day.

“The main advantage we have over our competition is the sheer number of call minutes we process each day”

“We know more about the situations our users find themselves in, and based on that information, we can optimize our software for any of those situations. For example, in the US, we know what a Skype call between two people with the same internet provider is like, or we can analyze this call between you in the US and me in Germany, and we can therefore use the data on bandwidth or the strength of the wireless link to optimize Skype, ensuring users are getting the absolute best audio and video. Based on this information, we’re updating and changing algorithms as we speak, and in the coming months you’ll see significant improvements in call quality – improvements that will be ongoing.”

With the latest version of Skype, you’ll be able to utilize HD calls, and 1080p video calls are available in the Skype applications on Windows (both desktop and Modern UI), as well as the Xbox One system.

To enjoy the higher def calls, make sure you have the latest version of Skype on your device.

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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