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Skype Preview has been updated for Android with some major changes. Microsoft is once again deeply integrating Windows Phone’s Cortana feature into Android and this time with Skype, the popular instant messaging app.

Microsoft has added Cortana, the company’s digital assistant as a bot in the app. Not only Cortana, some other new features have been introduced as well. You can chat with Cortana and ask her to show updates such as weather, places to visit, facts and much more.

At the moment, Cortana is only available in the US. To activate Cortana in Skype Preview for Android, you’ll need to change the region to the US. Cortana will appear along with the other chats and it will also seek permission to use location and IM conversation.

Microsoft has added another feature ‘Panoramic photos’ that lets you share panoramic photos with friends via chat or your highlights. You can find the complete changelog of the update below.

  • Panoramic photos – share panoramic photos with friends via chat or your highlights.
  • Sprinkles – simply tap on the wand to add fun Sprinkles to your photos.
  • Cortana – We’re bringing the intelligent assistance of Cortana into Skype (US only).
  • General performance and reliability improvements.

Download Skype Preview for Android.

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