Microsoft-owned Skype has just realized that it s 2017. Skype is going through a major redesign with its main focus being on chat. Skype s new features take some inspiration from Snapchat which has become an open source for ideas after Facebook milked all that was left in the app. The new update is referred to as the next generation of Skype and the new features include bots, add-ins, allows users to share photos and videos and more. Also Read - Have a Dell laptop? Install this patch immediately before hackers attack your deviceAlso Read - Xbox Game Pass to add FIFA 21, Red Dead Online in May: Details here
With the new Skype, users can choose a color as the theme for their personal conversations. Skype has also added a reaction feature to chats which will be visible next to any message or video call. One can tap on the icon and choose the emoticon to express how they re feeling. The color pick option and reaction icon are undoubtedly borrowed from Facebook Messenger. Skype has introduced a new feature called Highlights which is something similar to Snapchat s Stories.
With Highlights, people can share photos and videos which can be viewed by contacts on their address book. To do so, one can swipe to access the camera and post their desired photo or video and post it to their Highlights or send them to their contacts. Your friends and family can also react to your Highlights with emoticons and also start a chat on that particular post. Highlights thankfully did not include the disappearing post feature which was copied by Facebook for its main app, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. ALSO READ: Here s why Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram have all turned into each other s clones
The new and refreshed Skype also includes add-ins and bots to make group conversations more engaging. There s a Find panel on top of the group chat which works as a search engine for your queries. With the StubHub bot, one can book tickets for a match and choose seats as well by directly discussing about it on the chat. BigOven add-in will suggest people the latest trending recipes for different occasions and also offer different ways of cooking. Skype says that more bots and add-ins will be added in the coming days. ALSO READ: Microsoft Skype Lite: Hands on and first impressions
The new Skype is believed to be the best the company has ever built and with the new features, it hopes to catch up on the trending feature of sharing moments with your friends and family. The new Skype features will hit smartphones first and the desktop version will be available later. The new features have been rolled out globally with Android users receiving it first, followed by iOS. Windows and Mac users will receive their new version of Skype over the next few months. ALSO READ: Skype now supports translation in 10 languages