Skype team promises split view, status improvements, and more coming to version 8

Microsoft is eager to move forward with Skype, pushing users to move on from Skype "classic" to the revamped version 8. The only problem? There are still several key features present in older releases that are missing from the latest Skype app.

This recently resulted in Microsoft backtracking on its planned September 1 retirement of classic Skype while the company addresses feedback. And now we have an idea of what the roadmap looks like for some of the most highly requested features in Skype version 8.

In a post this week on the Microsoft Answers forum (opens in new tab), the Skype team laid out its plans going forward. First and foremost, the team says, the focus is on keeping Skype's messaging and calling features as clear and reliable as possible. But going forward, there are several key features that the team is planning to add to Skype 8's repertoire, including split view, status improvements, and more. Here's a look at what's coming:

  • Split window view for Skype on Windows 10, so you can see multiple chat windows at the same time
  • Changing the font size in a chat
  • Search for a message within a chat
  • Status improvements – how others see your online status
  • Privacy settings (call contact configurations) – more controls regarding who can call you
  • Making it easier to add a phone number as a contact

Microsoft says it will continue to provide updates on the status of each feature as time goes on, but this is already a good sign for many who were incensed that Microsoft was planning to push users to version 8 while it was still missing some of these key features.

The post follows the recent rollout of two major new features across Skype for Insiders last week: Call recording and SMS Connect.

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  • Anyone know why MS isn't embracing UWP for Skype?
  • Same reason as other developers: they need to continue to support Windows 7 and 8 and doing so with a single code base is much easier. That said, React Native is, in fact, a UWP app framework, and the Windows 10 version of Skype 8 will have all the same integration with Windows 10 features as any other UWP app. But by targeting HTML5 + JavaScript instead of UWP XAML, the Skype team can write more portable code.
  • Didn't realize anyone was still using it
  • in all of my computing years no other app has created as much frustration as the POS they call skype. NONE!
  • I have such a love/hate relationship with Skype. I want to love it, but I hate it. Split screens and font sizes be damned. I just want it to be reliable again. It used to be the gold standard for messaging. Now I can't get messages to deliver with any level of certainty.
  • Spot on King. Ever since Nadella's crowd got their grubby little hands on it the direction is ..... nothing. Now whenever I see MS interest in a company I immediately go elsewhere because you get bet London to a brick that development will stop.
  • Development won't stop, they will just "retrench" :))) I keep wondering how did they not make a separate guinea pig insider program for Skype as well. As bad as it looks and works, I swore they had one :)))
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    you can join the app Preview if you want Skype 8 now.
    In Skype settings There will be a section for joining Skype Preview.☺
  • Except the Store preview version is not version 8, it's version 14. Because Microsoft.
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  • Useless...not using this junk since I don't know when. Worse service and app ever.