Redesigned Skype 5.0 for iPhone Launching Today

Microsoft announced earlier this week that it was close to releasing a new version of its Skype for iOS app with a streamlined design and improved performance. Arriving as projected, the new Skype 5.0 for iPhone is rolling out now in the iOS App Store. Some users are reporting seeing the update in their App Store "Update" pane but are unable to download, so users should be patient as it propagates.

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Skype 5.0 focuses on making conversations easier with a refined group chat feature that can be launched from the main hub and a revised notification system that works across Skype platforms including the iPhone, PC and Xbox.

We’re excited for you to see how the new app has been redesigned to put your conversations first, providing you with a smoother, leaner and more integrated experience. Skype for iPhone is up to five times faster and it is also more stable and more reliable. Navigating through the new UI is easier and more fluid. Whether it’s creating a group chat, sending a photo or starting a video call, the new Skype for iPhone has been rethought to be simple and intuitive.

What's New in Version 5.0

- Overall performance improvements - faster start up and fluid animations.

- A new modern hub centric design putting recent conversations first - just swipe to see your favourite people or contacts.

- Richer and more reliable messaging: create groups, share photos (even to offline contacts) and video messages.

- In-app notifications for quick conversation switching, and in-app controls to manage notifications.

- A new simplified, modern voice and video calling experience.

Skype for iPhone is available for free from the iOS App Store. [Direct Link: iPhone]. An updated 5.0 version of Skype for the iPad is still under development.

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Top Rated Comments

Cougarcat Avatar
130 months ago
Skype?

That's the thing that is like facetime but is made by that company we all hate right? Bros?

It's like FaceTime but you can use it because it's cross-platform.
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dumastudetto Avatar
130 months ago
Facetime is infinitely better than Skype. It just is.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RoelJuun Avatar
130 months ago
Skype?

That's the thing that is like facetime but is made by that company we all hate right? Bros?

Just grow up, bro.
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Keane16 Avatar
130 months ago
Facetime is infinitely better than Skype. It just is.
Keeping telling yourself that ... over and over again ... while the rest of us will use something that has proven itself across many platforms.
I have to agree with dumastudetto. The quality of calls, ease of call initiation, not having to ensure a contact is online/available - all make FaceTime better for me. I dropped Skype as my go to solution when FaceTime was introduced.

Skype has certainly proven itself, but that doesn't make it better for everyone.

Cross platform and group chatting are the big strengths fro Skype. If you require these features, then it's a no brainer.

I have to admit it's been a few months since I last used Skype but the quality was just not as good as FaceTime (both audio and video) when making calls iOS to iOS. This may not be the case via desktop - it's not something require so I've not tested.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
r3m1 Avatar
130 months ago
Facetime is infinitely better than Skype. It just is.

Keeping telling yourself that ... over and over again ... while the rest of us will use something that has proven itself across many platforms.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Schtumple Avatar
130 months ago
"The item you tried to buy is no longer available"
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)