Skype’s desktop app, getting a new mobile-like design

Microsoft has once again created a new design for its Skype app for Windows. Even though the software company had before now rolled out a universal app for users of Windows 10, the Skype classic desktop app has gotten a new update with a design that is somewhat alike as the mobile version of Skype. Microsoft has been testing the new design since the year 2017 and now it is planning to force all Skype classic desktop users to upgrade to the 8.0 version by the 1st of September.


The new Skype classic desktop app has within it a lot of the features from the Windows 10 mobile versions. Microsoft has finely adjusted the group chats in a way that makes it easier to share photos or share screen during calls. The new @ mentions, message reactions, notification panel features are also made available, and that’s not all, also included is a gallery that makes it easier to find shared links, documents, or photos in a conversation.

Later by the summer, the software giant is also planning to include within the Skype classic app some more features. Read receipts will be included in conversations and also the ability to create private conversations will be included. The private conversations will be supplied with Signal Protocol so as to make sure audio calls and conversations are encrypted on both ends. Microsoft is also adding a call recording feature to Skype thus providing users with the ability to record calls without the need to depend on third-party apps.

Although the previous Skype classic app is to a great extent stimulated by Microsoft’s mobile Skype design, the company has been taking notes of the feedback of users regarding both the mobile and desktop apps for some time. The radical Skype mobile design of Microsoft was launched last year and to be honest, the mobile version was not happily accepted. Therefore, ever since that time, the software giant has been making adjustments to it and now we could say that Skype is at a place where it is popular on phones, tablets, and PCs.



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