Microsoft has announced a new version of Skype for the iPhone, which will arrive later today. Version 5.9 will introduce a couple of new features. The company also revealed a new program that will allow iOS users to test pre-release versions of the VoIP client before they are released to the public.
Here's what will be new when the update is released today:
In Skype 5.9 for iPhone, when you start typing a phone number in the dial pad, Skype will suggest contacts with matching phone numbers, making it faster to find who you want to talk to.
We've also updated the new chat picker to make starting conversations easier. Once you've chosen who you want to talk to, tap the phone or video icon at the top to start your call. (To open the chat picker, tap on the message icon on the bottom navigation bar when in the recents, favorites or people view.)
As noted already, Microsoft is looking for iOS users who want to test pre-release upcoming versions of Skype for that operating system. Those folks who are picked are required to offer regular feedback on those builds, be 18 years old or older and have a valid email and Skype or Microsoft Account. Microsoft has set up a website for people to register their interest in the pre-release program.