Skype has 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.
“We are encouraging everyone to upgrade now to avoid any inconvenience as only Skype version 8.0 will work after September 1, 2018,” Skype announced.
To make it easier to find shared links, documents, or photos in conversation, a new gallery has now been added to the video-calling app by Microsoft. Not to forget, Microsoft also included the new @ mentions, message reactions, and notification panel.
Microsoft is already making big plans for the future—the software giant said it is already planning to add “Read receipts” sometimes in the future. As soon as someone reads your message, his avatar would appear beneath it in the Skype chat. This will enable you to see if your message has been read or not.
“Private conversation” is another feature that will be rolled out in the very near future. Messages and conversations including audio calls, text messages, file sharing will now be hidden in the chat list to keep the information you share private.
Users will soon be able to record calls or conversations they have with their friends and families or loved ones thanks to an upcoming feature called “Call recording.” Call recording, according to Skype, is cloud-based, and the other person in the conversation will be notified that the call is being recorded. This will also work in group chat—and other members in a group chat will also be notified.
Today’s changes came as a result of feedback the company received from users. It is obvious that Microsoft wants to continue making Skype the most used video and chat app, and today’s changes all but confirm that.
Microsoft recently announced an optimized version of its Android app—adding a lightweight version for users. The optimized version of the face-to-face chat app is light on both disk and memory consumption. What that means is that your device will now be faster, with improved video and audio calling.
Skype users in areas where internet connection is erratic can now access the app without the usual restriction associated with the main version of the app. It means increased opportunity for the Microsoft-owned app to rise above its current slow growth.
Skype light is long overdue considering how other apps had previously launched lighter version of their apps. Messenger and Twitter for instance do have lighter versions of their apps. Same goes for Instagram that can be accessed by users offline. That said, we hope Skype can build on this and get its service back on track.