In times when video conferencing has become an almost everyday thing, Skype is looking to renew itself once again. Microsoft just announced that its calling platform will be faster, more reliable and will have a more modern design.
Those from Redmond, who bought Skype in 2011 for $ 8.5 billion, say they have listened to people’s comments and that they have inspired them to create the application that will see the light of day in “in the next few months“.
Microsoft says that the most important change comes in the part of calls. Precisely, a design change was expected, perhaps more in line with the lines promoted by the brand’s new generation operating system, Windows 11.
Soon, the screen will show everyone who is integrating a call. That will be regardless of whether or not they have video enabled. In case they do not have it, their initials or profile photo will be displayed.
Of course, the content view, as in other platforms such as Zoom or Teams, will be configurable. That is, the Skype user can choose to see only those that have video activated, grid mode, inverted mode, gallery and others.
Skype launches design
Precisely, in relation to Microsoft’s new design language, Skype boasts a new look throughout its interface, but mainly visible in the part of the chat and the icons. The above respecting the guidelines of Fluent Design, with new colors and gradients.
Now, Microsoft acknowledges that it’s not just about design. “We love the design changes, we knew they weren’t enough,” the company says in a Skype blog post.
Those of Redmond have also been planning internal changes so that everything flows in the best possible way. They mention that the Android version of Skype has dramatically increased its performance; the desktop one 30%.
Microsoft also promises that Skype will be compatible with all browsers. “We believe that the experience should be seamless, accessible and reliable no matter what browser or device you are using,” he says.
Also Skype will receive an interesting feature called TwinCam. This will allow adding a second camera to the video call in progress simply by scanning a QR code from the mobile.
The announced changes will come to versions of Skype for all platforms on which it is available. However, as mentioned at the beginning, they will not be immediate. Now it only remains to wait to see if these will be liked by users.