Skype is getting a major makeover with hints of Snapchat thrown in
Microsoft has announced (opens in new tab) a major new update for Skype, overhauling the interface with a fresh new look. The new Skype is totally rebuilt from the ground up with a new design and some handy new features to boot.
The new interface is split into tabs that let you quickly move to different parts of the app with a swipe. The whole interface can be customized with colors of your choosing as well. The examples of the redesign show off a bold and colorful interface, but customization presumably means you can tone that down a notch or two if it's not for you.
The new Skype is also taking a bit of a cue from Snapchat with a new feature called Highlights. Living in its own tab next to chats, Highlights lets you post photos and videos of your day for others to see in a dedicated feed. The whole thing sounds similar to Snapchat stories. From Microsoft:
Another tab, labeled Find, makes it simple to track down add-ins and bots you might want to add to the experience. Given Skype's — and Microsoft's as a whole — emphasis on bots as of late, that's no surprise.
All of Skype's familiar features, of course, remain intact. Calling is still here, and chat remains front and center in its own dedicated tab. The biggest change is simply the new look, which is likely to cause polarizing reactions between those embracing the breath of fresh air and those who much prefer the current design.
Frustratingly, Windows users will have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on this refresh. Microsoft says the redesign is gradually rolling out on Android over the next several weeks, with iPhone to follow. Windows and Mac versions will be released "over the next few months."
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It happens all the time to me. Was just wondering if anyone else was having this issue?
Then again, if they can update the UWP for PC, it can be done for Mobile too.
Wonder if the delay is due to Fluent Design being still in the works. It's probable. But then that'll mean that it looks different on different platforms. They'll have to somehow imitate the fluent for iOS and Android too.
The new update does look cool though! A good refresh and its also nice to see Surface devices being shown in the video. 😁
You can delete texts and text threads on your phone, not on PC.
Also, unless they let people change their usernames, the refresh is dead in the water. Most people have used Skype in the past and don't want to start a new contact list just to make such a simple change. This push is almost more "getting older users back" than it even is about finding a new customer base.
I can't live without dark mode on phone apps anymore, even many PC apps. Not happening. I code in a dark mode text editor, it's just so damn comfortable and easy on the eyes.