Microsoft has released Skype for iPhone 4.9 and Skype for iPad 4.9, minor updates for its pair of iOS apps. Both updates promise more reliable photo sharing, wider accessibility for video messaging and improved stability for audio and video calls.
Both updates are the first for iOS since Microsoft brought video messaging about of beta and made it universally available to all users.
The latest update also sees video messaging being made free and unlimited — previously users could record a maximum of 20 video messages before having to upgrade to a premium subscription ($4.99 monthly) in order to continue using the service.
Users can leave video messages of up to three minutes by selecting People, then tapping the name of the recipient. Their profile will pop up, and a Video Message button can be tapped. From here users can select which camera to use, then tap Record. Once the recording is complete, tap Record a second time. From here users can review (and delete if unhappy) their recording, add a title and description to accompany it, and finally send the message to their contact, who can subsequently open it when they’re next online.
Video messaging functionality is already present in other Skype builds, including Skype for Windows Desktop, Skype for Mac, Skype for Android and Skype for Windows 8. Skype for iPhone 4.9 and Skype for iPad 4.9 are available now as a free downloads for their respective iOS devices. iOS 5.0 or later is required.