Microsoft announced an updated version of its Skype app for iOS today, bringing a big redesign to the fore along with new features inspired by other popular apps.
Skype is now designed on iOS (and Android) to bring a sharp focus on some of its built-in features, including chat bots, conversations with other real people, and even a new Snapchat Stories-like feature baked right in. Of course, camera features also get time to shine in this redesigned app, and users can even decide which colors are prominent throughout the app as Microsoft lets them choose how they want Skype to look.
There is a new “Highlights” feature in Skype, which is accessible just by swiping off the primary Chats screen. Just like we’ve seen in Snapchat and Instagram, Skype users will be able to use the Highlights feature to take a photo or video, add text to it, or emoji and stickers, and then post it to their own Highlights reel. It will disappear after 24 hours. What’s more, only folks who follow you on Skype will be able to see it.
Interestingly enough, Skype’s Corporate Vice President Amritansh Raghav isn’t hesitant about showing the connection, or inspiration, of Skype’s redesign with those other popular apps, as noted by TechCrunch:
“It’s like Facebook has said,” says Raghav, referencing remarks made by Facebook’s VP of messaging David Marcus, who recently argued that Stories “is definitely a format, the same way the feed is a format.”
“There’s a new medium that has risen,” he says of Stories. “When you think about this new way of interacting, [we want that to be] available also in this application.”
#MICROSOFT #SKYPE IOS APP GETS REDESIGNED AND ADDS NEW SNAPCHAT-LIKE FEATURES
October 9, 2017
October 6, 2017
August 15, 2017
August 1, 2017
Subscribe to our email newsletter.