Skype for iPhone, iPad, and Mac owners has now been enhanced with the ability to record small video snippets and send them directly to contacts. The handy thing is that the recording can be directly be initiated from the little plus button, and if you mess up, you can easily re-shoot before sending anyone receiving a video message can reply with their own video with the tap of a button. The maximum length of the video can be up to three minutes, and thus it feels a bit short, but it seems actually to be plenty for most of the things you'd like to say in a message. Videos can be downloaded whenever the recipient happens to be online.
The video messaging feature has been only available in a preview version since February. However, it marked marks a global roll-out just today and is available via the latest Skype version in Apple App Store. The new feature is extremely helpful when a live video call isn't practical, or when wireless coverage isn't solid enough to sustain a decent quality call. So grab the app yourself and do not hesitate to share your thoughts in the comments below.