What do you think of Skype's new Snapchat-esque makeover? (poll)
Microsoft recently announced a major revamp for Skype, overhauling the interface and adding a bit of Snapchat-inspired flair. But while the bold and colorful new tabbed interface breathes new life into the app in some ways, some who have gotten their hands on the redesign have been pretty vocally against it.
Android users, who were among the first to try the revamp, chimed in with a number of reviews (opens in new tab) that take a pretty critical view of the overhaul. One reviewer wrote:
Another reviewer was similarly critical, stating:
There are some sporadic positive reviews sprinkled in, but the majority seem to take a dim view of the redesign.
Of course, we tend to be a bit more vocal about the things that we dislike than what we like, so the reviews could be a little one-sided. With that in mind, we're throwing it to you: What do you think of the revamp? Unfortunately, this isn't yet available in the Windows version of Skype, but if you've had a chance to try it out on Android, let us know your thoughts in the poll below.
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Nobody needs another Messenger/Snapchat's like application. I really hate this new mode, as Stories came to Facebook and Messenger.
This update made Skype absolutely useless. It was useful for video conference, screen sharing, and international callings but now it just try to be a "cool" app like all other. Seeing who is online just desapeared...
I tried to use it some minutes on my Galaxy S8+, and uninstalled it.
He thinks it's made by a rival in Beijing
The LinkedIn app installed on my WP 8.1 mobile phone still works. It never was a "great" piece of app software but it does the basic job. I suppose I can understand Microsoft not wanting to spend additional money to improve it, but why remove it from the store? Why not let it do the basic "good" that it can do.
Maybe Microsoft is working on a "universal" app?
Yes, certainly, follow the crowd.
2: Microsoft, Looking like snapchat isn't going to make skype popular again. Making skype work as a phone service across platforms is whats going to make it popular again. Why can't I have a phone number like google voice? Why can't it successfully forward text from my phone to my pc and back without it losing the link? It you're going to copy snapchat, why not disappearing text, location, contact information, video and picture messages?
3: why not merge visual voicemail and text messages and transcribe voicemail? Microsoft HAS to be better at it than google voice?
4: If skype is to be popular again, it shouldn't be looking at snapchat. it should be looking at iMessage, WhatsApp and facebook messenger. Where are the Gifs, the ability to send and recieve money? I like the bots and the fact that i can send and recieve location. But there has to be more than the basics.
5: why aren't you leveraging your other servivices. like using wunderlist for shared list, or onenote , grove music or even outlook calendar? Microsoft, FOCUS ON 1 THING AT A TIME. Skype doesn't need to be a social network. It needs to be the best possible communication tool possible. I wrote a whole rant here https://metroheads.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/skype-needs-the-windows-mobi...
but to TLDR version goes as follows: The new look is fine. But bring more project neon to it. You want to make it more like snapchat? Give us messages that we can set to expire or delete from the conversation. bonus points if you add the block screen cap feature. apply this to pictures, voice messages, video messages Location and text messages.
Look at Facebook messenger and WhatsApp. Don't just give me bots. I want gifs. I want to send and receive money. I want to send and receive files and docs.
Merge text and voicemail. a message is a message is a message. and transcribe voicemail.
Stop trying to upsell me. google voice GIVES ME A PHONE NUMBER and voicemail.
While we're on the subject, leaving a video or voice message should be easy. not the i didn't reach the person. so now i have to go back to the chat windows and send a video or voice message. and let me set up a message for people who can't reach me.
Skype needs to be more like iMessage with calls. How about a handoff like feature. so i can put the call on hold from my phone and pick up from my pc or xbox or vice versa.
Remember QR codes and NFC? use that so that i can add people i see in nerson to my contacts list quickly instead of trying to trying to find them by their username.
@mentions so that i can include people into the conversation.
let me share contacts easily.
mute conversations and group chats. And for gods sake, It should be built into windows and windows phone so that it doesn't take a million years for it to load. No one is asking you to canibalize teams or outlook messenger. but make skype a great messenger again please.
but yes. the App looks childish... i'd hate for someone to see me using it. focusing on social cohesion such as NFC/QR code as you said would be a great feature. It should be like Googles latest attempt at a chat service (name escapes me) but it has the google assistant integrated. in a skype conversation, we should be able to call upon Cortana as a 3rd person.
Too long, but I did read (TLBIDR) and it was a good read. Well said. Great ideas. Thank you for sharing.
Hoping that I have just missed the announcement of the feature, but I'm starting to get anxious when I see promo pics with only hideous Apple-White backgrounds.