Microsoft has announced changes to the Skype messaging platform which will give users the ability to share photos with both online and offline contacts. The feature will be contained in a new update to the Skype Android app (and apps on other platforms) which should be coming out shortly.

In making the announcement, Microsoft said:

Gone are the days when you and your contacts need to be online at the same time for you to share photos using Skype. With this update, you can now send photos to your Skype contacts at a time that’s convenient for you, regardless of your contacts’ online status. When they are back on Skype, photos you shared show up beautifully inline in the chat history, whether or not you’re online – allowing you to easily carry on the conversation.

The update, which will bring Skype to version 5.2, will also bring other improvements which users have been asking for, which include:

  • Picture in picture view is now supported on phones, too – letting you keep a video call going even when you navigate away to other applications
  • Chats load faster, especially when opened from a notification
  • Call quality improvements, especially in low bandwidth scenarios

The update is slowly pushing out to users, however if you are inpatient, you can click the link below to download the new version from Google Play directly.

Developer: Skype
Price: Free
Source: Skype Blog.
Via: Android Central.