Skype’s video messaging service, which launched in beta form in February, is now live for Android, iOS and PCs. Oddly, Microsoft’s own Windows Phone operating system was left out of the fold, though we imagine that will launch in the near future.
The latest addition to Skype lets you record 3-minute videos and message them to friends and family as a video voicemail-type solution. The video can then be viewed immediately or saved for later. You don’t need a Wi-Fi connection to use the video messaging service, unlike Skype’s regular video chat, though it’s purely a one-way conversation. To get the new feature on your smartphone just update the app, shoot some video, and send it off to whoever you wish.
Skype’s new service looks simple and intuitive, thanks to a minimal UI with just a few options. Just tap the video message button and then press record to start shooting. Tap the “x” button at anytime to quit or re-record and start over. Once you’re done tap the envelope icon and choose a contact to send the video to. Take a look at the service in our gallery below, or in Skype’s introduction video above.