Skype for Mac Gains New Mobile-Style Redesign for Improved Chat Experience

Skype for Mac was today updated to version 7.0, with a significant redesign that brings mobile design elements to the desktop app. The app's flatter look incorporates new icons and a new blue layout that aims to create a richer chat experience.

Skype's new mobile-style layout will help it fit right in with OS X Yosemite, expected to be released to the public later this month. OS X Yosemite also incorporates several design elements taken directly from iOS 7 and 8, the basis of the Skype mobile design.

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Today we're excited to announce Skype for Mac 7.0 as well as the preview for the new Skype for Windows -- both of which have been redesigned to make it easier to chat and share. If you're already using Skype on mobile, you'll recognize some of these changes. We've made the Skype experience consistent whether you are using your mobile device or your desktop PC. Now, you'll see thumbnail pictures of your contacts, a new bubble-style chat design, and consistent icons for chat, video calls and audio calls.
A chat sidebar allows users to chat and share images while on a video call with a single click, with images shown instantly once they download. Sharing of other types of files, like PDFs, has also been improved.

There's a also new bubble-style chat design drawn directly from the mobile app, and Skype says that its free group video calling has been improved in the new app.

Skype for Mac can be downloaded for free from the Skype website and existing users can update from within their Skype apps.



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59 months ago


Why would you use a screenshot from Windows for this article.
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59 months ago

Microsoft really messed Skype up. It used to be functional - now I can barely use it. And it's definitely Microsoft because I have an Xbox Music account (don't ask why) and the Xbox website is so dysfunctional it's unbelievable. I've never liked Windows, and hardly ever used it.


IMO, Skype went downhill when they released the huge UI without the compact UI options, and that was before Microsoft.
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59 months ago
I used to use Skype all the time until my friends overseas got iPhones and Macs. Now it's all iMessage and FaceTime.
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59 months ago

Yes, but there's a Mac screen in the same blog post...


Sorry. I don't have an explanation other than I wrote it pre-caffeine. I updated the post for you guys with the Mac screenshot.
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59 months ago

Why would you use a screenshot from Windows for this article.

Because nobody would notice. Oh wait.
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59 months ago

IMO, Skype went downhill when they released the huge UI without the compact UI options, and that was before Microsoft.


Agreed. Skype 2.8 was the greatest desktop layout for a chat client the world had ever seen.

Skype 5 was a just a casserole of nonsense.
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59 months ago
Oh WOW! It has Timestamps!!! Can you believe this? You can now know whether you're seeing a message someone sent you 3 years ago or 3 seconds ago! You can't imagine how much of a difference this makes to people's lives. Thank you Microsoft, for the timestamps. I would have paid for this feature. Now to make the video and audio calling part work, that would also be great, but who cares, because you can write to people and they know exactly when they received your message, who needs audio calling?
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59 months ago
Microsoft really messed Skype up. It used to be functional - now I can barely use it. And it's definitely Microsoft because I have an Xbox Music account (don't ask why) and the Xbox website is so dysfunctional it's unbelievable. I've never liked Windows, and hardly ever used it.
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59 months ago

IMO, Skype went downhill when they released the huge UI without the compact UI options, and that was before Microsoft.


Oh - I guess you're right but Microsoft certainly hasn't improved Skype.
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59 months ago

Why would you use a screenshot from Windows for this article.


Edit: updated with Mac screenshot.
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