Microsoft has revealed what it’s planned for the longer term of Skype, taking the wraps off the updated interface and a few of the features within the pipeline. Among other things, the corporate says subsequent extensive Skype redesign will bring a ‘super modern’ look alongside ‘buttery smooth performance.
Microsoft unveiled the longer-term Skype changes during a post on Monday, explaining that it’ll update the software’s call stage so that it’s more modern, offers new layouts, the power to use themes, and other changes the corporate hasn’t detailed yet. The update also addresses the widely slow and clunky reputation Skype has.
According to Microsoft, the updated Skype product offers quite a 2,000-percent performance improvement on Android and a 30-per cent increase on desktop. The text-based messaging aspect of the software has also been improved, including a sleeker left-side panel, a replacement group avatar, and even the addition of gradients to the buttons.
Circling back around to themes, Microsoft presented several theme options that it’ll offer with the updated Skype; they primarily change the colour scheme so that messages and highlighted chats show up in your favourite bright or pastel shades. As far as design goes, Microsoft says it’s also redesigning the ‘Meet Now’ lobby to enhance it visually and make it easier to use.
Join links will show previews, and Skype will support all browsers in the future, including Safari and Opera. Mobile users, meanwhile, will get access to Office Lens and a replacement feature called TwinCam. Thereupon latter feature, users can add a second camera via their mobile device to a call. This might be wont to, for instance, boast a bit of art or demonstrate a project while remaining on your desktop’s webcam.
While a number of these changes are often observed now in Skype, others will be unrolled with future updates.