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Microsoft Redesigns Skype for the Next Generation

Dave Parrack 02-06-2017

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 How Do You Use Social Media? A 20-Something's Theory of Social Media Niches With widespread use of social media platforms, it can be hard to understand why new ones are created. Could this be because each social network actually only fills one or two specific niches for users? Read More . 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 Snapchat Stories vs. Instagram Stories: What's the Difference? At first glance Instagram Stories and Snapchat Stories are very similar, but there are a couple key differences that mean they aren't interchangeable. You'll want to avoid a social media faux pas! Read More 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 Sick of Skype? 7 Best Free Skype Alternatives Skype alternatives can free you from mediocrity and greatly improve the video chat experience. This article covers eight options. Read More . 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!

Related topics: Instant Messaging, Microsoft, Skype, Snapchat.

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  1. thoughtguy378
    June 4, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Family members who use it as a simple way to communicate will have to relearn

  2. Manny
    June 3, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Despite its obvious limitations which I have no problem with, I use it a lot because of its ability to call real numbers cheaply and reliably with very reasonably priced subscriptions. It also seemingly works on every device imaginable.

  3. spyjoshx
    June 2, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    And when will this new stuff be put on their LINUX app?? Never. Bah, I don't like Skype anyway...

    • VS Dude
      June 2, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Linux? Really?

      • Mike Walsh
        June 5, 2017 at 5:35 pm

        Yep. REALLY. Some of us DO live & work on t'other side of t'fence, you know. We're not all mindless Windows/Android consumers.....

  4. vferg
    June 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Honestly I don't think Microsoft acquired Skype for its main app. I think it was to help them with their Lync app which is now Skype for Business. I'm pretty sure its the #1 IM client for companies to deploy and use, and also seems to be gaining ground in hosting meetings, and conference calls territory as well. The Skype app was just an added bonus! I have deployed this solution in our company about 4 years ago and although the clients interface on both windows and mac (mac just released a complete overhauled version a few months ago and its still only ok but did improve upon its original version) can use some help its main functions do work considerably well.