Skype’s Android and iOS app design was described as sleek and stylish, by some, and not quite so by some others. However, the company has stuck with the same design on their mobile apps. Now, Skype has launched a similar design for its desktop platform. The company has opened a Preview for the new look and features. For now, this Preview will not replace the standard Skype, though.
This new desktop design is a lot whiter than the previous models, with colorful highlights and gradients, and a recurring wave motif. It also adds Snapchat Stories. There are also new tools like image-sharing within calls, and reactions. This desktop version also includes some unique features, such as the ability to refer to a specific person during a group conversation, the ability to react to comments, and a new notifications panel. There is also a chat media gallery for easy location of images and/or videos previously shared in a conversation. To check out this Preview version, go to Microsoft’s Skype Insider page, register with a Microsoft account, and download the appropriate version for your device.
This new look and approach is a much-needed improvement to the platform, according to some reports. Skype had been losing its place among all the chat apps. However, this change in design is mainly in response to complaints about missing functionality and performance issues. Nevertheless, desktop users usually care more about function than form, so the new redesign might not satisfy everyone. At least, not until the company is able to add all of the classic Skype’s features to the new design. However, the company warns that the new Skype is not complete, and there are several features missing. Let us just hope that the company allows the desktop redesign stay for a little while more before making the transition mandatory.