Skype updates iOS app to let you log in with a Microsoft account

Version 4.2 of the VoIP provider's iOS app lets you sign in with your Microsoft account and IM people on Messenger, Hotmail, or

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Skype has updated its iOS app to give it some of the same features as its full client software.

Released today, the latest version lets you log into Skype with your Microsoft account and chat with contacts on Messenger, Hotmail, or

Users new to Skype can create an account directly from the app. You can now tap and hold down an instant message to edit it. You can also edit your saved phone numbers directly from the dial pad.

Those of you who like to spruce up your instant messages with emoticons can choose one when typing a message and add animated emoticons that will pop up on devices with a Retina Display.

The latest update is designed for both the iPhone and iPod Touch as well as the iPad. Skype updated its Android app last week with support for Microsoft account log-ins.

Skype parent Microsoft recently announced that it would pull the plug on its Messenger IM client early next year and replace it with Skype.

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