The familiar blue design of MIcrosoft’s Skype is officially gone. We are welcoming a more lively and colorful design which is intended for the next generation of the popular app.
The company said that the app has been rebuilt from the ground up and has made chatting its main focus now. They have also introduced a new feature that will be called Highlights. With the changes that they have made it is obvious that Skype developers want to stay relevant to today’s app users.
As we mentioned, the focus is now shifted from video calling to chatting, with new features that might be similar to those from Snapchat. Skype users will be able to share messages, photos, emoticons and stickers in real time. They will also be able to choose a particular color in the background that can be sent into the group chat. GIFs, emojis, and stickers will also be able to be sent and applied to photos and videos.
The Highlights feature is indicative of Skype’s attempt to market itself as a personal social network. This new feature resembles Stories from Snapchat but they will last for 7 days as opposed to only 24 hours like on Instagram and Snapchat. Friends can then react and comment to these Highlights.
In order to easily access Highlights, one only has to swipe right to get to the camera and simply record a video or take a photo and post it on Skype. You will also be able to send these to an individual user or to a group.
Among other new features that Skype has announced, there are plenty of those that were designed to help users and save time. One of those features is the Find panel which will enable users to pull price options, seating or tickets directly into the chat. Also, the Expedia bot will be able to check flights, scan for prices and flight details. Of course, there are a lot more that Skype plans to introduce as it tries to find their place in this busy product niche.
This new redesign will be introduced to mobile phones first followed by desktop versions. Android will be the first in line, after which iPhone, Windows, and Mac will all get their versions in the next few months.