Skype Brings Next-Generation Mobile Experience to Desktop in New Mac Preview

Skype today announced the release of a preview version of its next-generation desktop software, which is designed to emulate the redesigned mobile experience that it released in June.

The new version of Skype shares design elements with the mobile version, but it has been created for the desktop's larger screen. Microsoft calls it the "most expressive Skype ever" with livelier group chats, real-time screen and photo sharing, and more.


Skype's redesign features a new notification panel that displays mentions and message reactions, allowing users to better keep up with conversations.

There's a new chat media gallery for keeping track of photos and documents shared in a chat, and group calls feature in-call reactions with emoji that can be shared.


Skype Preview is available immediately for Mac users via the Skype Insider website.

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13 months ago
What a stupid decision, or a good decision if they want their users to leave the platform.

This is an interface that is widely hated, especially by their current users. This abandons their current users in a pathetic attempt to regain popularity and attract new users.

If this goes ahead as it is today, there should be another version of Skype for more professional use, or just people who don’t want the aspects of the “most expressive Skype yet”
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13 months ago
It's getting worse and worse. Literally bunch of idi*ts work on this SW. I am not planning upgrade to this crap. Sorry for such words, but..
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13 months ago
There are folks still actually using Skype? I'm shocked!
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13 months ago
i hate the mobile skype app...i no longer have a list with "online users"
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13 months ago

i hate the mobile skype app...i no longer have a list with "online users"

It's absolutely dreadful. I have no idea what they were thinking.
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13 months ago
It's so bad. It's just as inefficient of a UI on a bigger screen as on a smaller one. Too much wasted space. Nobody asked for something like that.
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13 months ago
I sometimes wonder who are these people that run Skype or pretty much any other end-user-facing services/products at Microsoft. I mean do they live on experimental hallucinogenics, as substitution to Oxygen and some other useful minerals and vitamins? Are they not allowed to leave their bunkers even for a single nanosecond? Or the worst case scenario is that who approve these releases got their frontal lobes removed and left with nothing but a couple of misfiring neurones. How can one manage to deliver such a mess, buffles me more than many oceanic mysteries. Utter legacy piggybacking!
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13 months ago

skype is a fantastic platform.

Was.
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13 months ago
What the hell, why would anyone want to have their chat program in full screen?

I loved Skype at version 2.8, then I'm sure they hired new designers cause it just got more and more and more bloated every month.
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13 months ago

There are folks still actually using Skype? I'm shocked!


Considering Skype has over 300 Million active monthly users... yes I would say "there are folks still actuality using Skype".
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