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This year in June, Skype launched a major redesign for its mobile app, which was dubbed as the biggest update it has made since 2006, when it first introduced video calls. Now, Microsoft made another big announcement. This update will be available on desktop as well.
Skype is now more centered on chat
Mac and Windows users who don’t benefit from Windows 10 yet can only see a preview of this redesign. If you already use Windows 10, then the update must have already come. This means you must have already noticed the efforts Skype made to stay up to date.
The company is trying really hard to follow the same lines as today’s popular messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Snapchat. Basically, the new Skype design is just another take on the features already available on these platforms.
This means that Skype is now more centered on chat. Users can now share photos or screen captures more easily, or add highlights of their days similar to the stories already available on Snapchat or Messenger. Also, you can keep track of everything you need to see with the help of a notification tab.
The company wants to increase its user base
Moreover, you can send reacts directly to messages, or mention a friend by typing an @ before his name. All the media you share with your friends will now be gathered in a gallery, and emojis are there to stay, as you can use them even during a call.
With this major redesign, Skype is trying to expand its user base, and get more accessible for a broader category of people. Instead of being used mostly in business environments, the company now wants to the app to come as a fun chatting app alternative. However, it might also indicate how working environments have turned more informal and relaxed.
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