Skype for Windows Phone gets new features including drawing tool, HD screen support

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Skype Windows Phone version has been updated to include a host of new features and performance improvements including a new drawing tool, automatic, better support for HD screens, Microsoft account sign-in and faster app resume times.

The latest Skype 2.24 update for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 adds a new drawing tool that will let users draw and send their creations to friends and other users.

The drawing feature can be used by tapping the + icon in chat and selecting ‘drawing.’ Users can start from scratch or even add messages to existing pictures. The feature can also be used to annotate Bing maps.

The Skype app for Windows Phone has been optimized for HD screen support. The update also ensures a faster resume time for devices running Windows Phone 8.1. Although Skype didn’t share exactly how much the resume time has been cut down, it did mention that the app will now run faster on Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

“We always want to help you access your conversations as quickly as possible, so we’ve worked hard to make the Windows Phone 8.1 app resume even faster,” Lara Kingwell from Skype wrote in a blog post.

Furthermore, the Skype update 2.24 will let users sign in with their native Skype accounts instead of having to link them to their Microsoft Accounts. Users will also be able to log in with their Skype account information.

There is no word from Microsoft yet as when the latest Skype features will be made available on its app for iOS or Android.

Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows Phone 8 users can download the updated Skype app now from the Windows Phone Store.