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Microsoft has launched a new version of Skype which has been redesigned from the ground up. Skype’s makeover is meant to appeal to the next generation of users, borrowing elements from Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger. The result is a new Skype for a new set of users.
Microsoft has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just look at Skype, which Microsoft acquired in 2011. Since then countless other messaging and chat apps have arrived on the scene, somewhat stealing its thunder. However, Skype isn’t going down without a fight…
The New Skype: Find, Chat, and Capture
The new Skype is vastly different from its predecessor. There’s a new user interface, a Snapchat Stories-like feature called Highlights, ephemeral sharing options, a focus on using your camera, stickers, emojis, and bots. Basically, everything you’d expect from a modern messaging app.
There are three main elements within the new Skype: Find, Chat, and Capture. Find lets you search through conversations and discover content to add to messages. Chat lets you have conversations with friends and family, and Capture is Microsoft’s approximation of Snapchat.
Then there is Highlights, which lets you shoot a photo or video, add text, stickers, or whatever else takes your fancy, and share them for one week. This is a highlights reel of your life, and your contacts are invited to react with emoticons, or use the opportunity to start a conversation.
The new Skype is being rolled out in stages. It will arrive first on Android, before launching on iOS soon afterwards. Then, in a few months’ time, Microsoft will launch the new Skype on Windows and Mac. So, on this occasion at least, Microsoft considers Android users to be the cool kids.
Putting Skype on a Par With Modern Messaging Apps
Skype was long overdue a redesign. While Microsoft has made big changes since acquiring the service, Skype has still struggled to compete with the new competition. While this redesign doesn’t add anything particularly original or innovative, at least it brings Skype up to date and on a par with its contemporaries. The question is, will copying everyone else make Skype a success?
Do you currently use Skype on a regular basis? Why have you stuck with Skype over the competition? Do you like the look of the new Skype? Or do you wish Microsoft had kept things as they were? Will the new Skype succeed? Please let us know in the comments below!