Microsoft is rolling out an updated Skype app. It is out of preview stage and now available for all users. The user interface of the app is quite different from its previous version.
The new desktop version of Skype comes with a number of new tools and features that can transform everyday conversations, including:
- Customizable themes—Choose a color and theme that reflects your mood, personality, or time of day.
- Chat list—Organize your contact list by time, unread, or status. Pin people or groups to have them always close at hand. To see more on your screen, change your view from standard to compact, or collapse the chat list to focus more on your content.
- Cloud-based—Now that Skype is cloud-based, sharing files, photos, and videos is easier. Send up to 300 MB over Skype by simply dragging and dropping the file. Skype uses less battery power now that it’s in the cloud.
- Cross-device functionality—Skype works across multiple devices: mobile, desktop, Xbox, smart speakers, and more. Your messages and content are available anywhere you have Skype installed, helping you keep in touch with people around the world.
It has the same design and appearance as the mobile apps, adding a few new features compared to the 'classic' desktop app. Skype developers are highlighting these:
- @mentions, message reactions and a new notification pane — Stay on top of your day with help from the notification panel. Quickly jump back into conversations where you were @mentioned to see how people reacted to what you’ve said.
- New chat media gallery — Finding shared content—such as links, documents, or media—in a chat has never been easier with the chat gallery.
- Enhanced group calls — Customize your group call experience with drag and drop ease. Say it with an emoji using our new in-call reactions, too!
- Add-ins (available now to Skype Insiders)—It’s now easier than ever to complete everyday tasks in Skype. From sending a Giphy, scheduling an event, or sending money to pulling up the latest in the news—our add-ins help you get more done within Skype.
- Bots—Scoop, Hipmunk, and many more bots help you make plans and stay informed. Pull ticket pricing and seating options directly into a one-to-one or group chat with the StubHub bot. Planning a weekend getaway with old friends? Chat with the Expedia bot to check flight times and pricing.
To download and try the new Skype app for desktop head over to the Skype.com page.