One thing I like about competition is that it brings out the best in you. Skype is probably feeling the heat and wants its services to be almost like what Snapchat and Slack offer to people. So, the Microsoft-owned app is going ahead with plans to make its services more in line with famous video and chat app. On Monday Skype rolled out a new and attractive design for its desktop version.
The new version for desktop comes with several changes including, colorful design, in-group conversations, cross-device functionality, cloud-based ability to make easier to share files, photos, and videos, and chat list.
“The Skype for desktop Preview and the next generation of Skype for mobile improved the way you connect with your contacts and added expanded capabilities such as personalized themes, chat list, and @mentions to the Skype experience,” the Skype team said in a blog post.
Making changes to the desktop version of the app is not a bad idea—Skype is already very popular as a mobile video chat app; but the desktop version is about to share in that popularity too.
Desktop or mobile; Microsoft is assuring everyone that they can now get the same feature and quality regardless of the platform. Going forward, you can send and receive messages in real-time, answer calls directly from your PC, and share your screen with your colleagues and friends.
The following additions were also included in today’s update:
- Notification panel—Grab a cup of coffee and catch up on what you’ve missed by clicking the bell icon to access your notification panel. From this central place, you’ll see reactions to your messages, @mentions in group conversations, or if someone quoted you. Jump to the conversation by clicking the message in the notification panel.
- Chat media gallery—Looking for that link your bestie sent a few weeks ago? Quickly find shared content in the chat gallery. Just click Gallery to see media, links, and files—you can sort by type.
- Add-ins (available now to Skype Insiders)—It’s now easier than ever to complete everyday tasks in Skype. From sending a Giphy to scheduling an event, to pulling up the latest in the news—Skype’s new add-ins help you get more done within app.
Chatting with friends and colleagues on Skype for desktop has been upgraded with some new features. A new way of getting someone’s attention in a group chat has been added—with the @ symbol placed beside the name of the person, you can send him a notification.
Not too many chat apps can do without bots these days—not in the least Skype. You can now plan all your weekend and holiday getaways with Scoop, Hipmunk; two new bots that can help you with ticket pricing and seating options.
A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft integrated its popular smart assistant, Cortana into Skype. The rollout will be gradual; first with users in the US, while other markets will take their turn later. Microsoft also announced that Cortana in Skype is currently only available on both iOS and Android operating systems.