Microsoft seems to have itchy fingers when it comes to pushing out new designs for Skype. The software giant has yet again pushed out a redesign, which it claims will make for a better and improved user experience.
This time the company is getting rid of the Highlights feature because the feature did not “resonate with a majority of users.” According to Skype director of design Peter Skillman, it became necessary to “take a step back and simplify!”
“This past year we explored some design changes and heard from customers that we overcomplicated some of our core scenarios. Calling became harder to execute and Highlights didn’t resonate with a majority of users. We needed to take a step back and simplify!”
This time around, Microsoft is approaching things by refocusing on the major reason why people use the service—calling, video calls, and messaging. The mobile app will now do away with those features hardly being used by people. Chats, calls, contacts, and notificatios on desktop will now be moved to the left of the window to provide a central place that makes navigation easier for all.
Skype has reintroduced the the classic blue theme, and this time around, it has been adjusted for contrast and readability. Microsoft also reduced some of the decorative elements that include notifications, and we now have a situation where content is accorded more priority.
Skillman as expected, emphasised the feedback the company got from users in pushing out the new redesign. “We looked at how people use Skype apps, performing extensive testing across global markets and building prototypes to test new concepts. We also created a UserVoice site so you can vote on the feature changes you want us to prioritize. While we have plenty of work left to do, we hope you find these changes simplify your experience and bring you closer to those who matter.”
Yet, even more updates and redesigns can be expected in the coming months—this is not unusual especially with apps like Skype. The service is always looking for new ways to keep up with the ever-changing tastes of consumers. The competition from other messaging and video calling apps have kept Skype on its toes, and it has little or no choice but to keep pushing out these changes and updates to keep its users happy.
Last July rolled out a new design for its desktop app—the chat service now spots a refreshing new look. As a matter of fact, version 8.0 of the newly rolled out desktop software has a look and feel of the mobile version of the app.
From September 1st, users will be forced to start using the new version as the Microsoft-owned app will no longer support previous releases. The new classic design comes with some cool new features to make the app stand out from previous versions. The group chat for instance has been tweaked by Microsoft—it is now easier to share photos or share screen during calls.