Microsoft has given its Skype communication service a major redesign to facilitate in preventing an identity crisis and also to attract a younger audience. The most recent update marks yet another revamp in the long line of revamps for the service, which now visually brings it even more closer to Instagram and Snapchat than ever before.
With chatting being the key focus of the app, it is conveniently divided across 3 wide categories; Find, Chat and Capture. The ‘find’ option allows you to explore within messages, find an attachment (online), events or places near you. Secondly, by using chat feature, you will be able to converse with friends, with the customary features like emojis and voice messages like WhatsApp to boot. The capture part of the app, however, is the most notable change here. It brings up the camera to get photos and videos through a swipe from chat. Taking a page from Snapchat’s book, Skype is the adding videos which expire within seven days of being shared.
Due to another feature in the camera called Highlight, Skype app is now a lot more colorful, which is inspired from Snapchat’s Stories which brings a mosaic of sorts and displays the action of a user’s past day. Last but not least, there are visual revamps including personalization via color on the service. It seems like Skype is pitching itself as a personal social network.
By now the update has started rolling out to the user version on Android and iOS devices, with desktop users set to be served afterward. Currently in Pakistan the update is not available.
The recent update is one of the more incredible ones carried out by Microsoft since its buying of the service for $8.5 billion in 2011.
According to Skype’s official blog, the company is initiating the “next generation” of the app. It seems to be eager once again to gain more users and has taken a new shot at competitors with this update.