Skype's New Design Lands On Desktops

Cesar Mills
August 18, 2017

In June, Microsoft announced the "next generation of Skype", with a redesigned interface and a range of new features, including including color customizations, Snapchat-style "Highlights", new add-ins and more bots.

If you're on the Anniversary Update or Creators Update, trying to install the new preview app will result in the installer telling you to use the Skype UWP app instead.

New Skype Preview is created to use the large and wide screen.

@mentions, message reactions, and a new notification panel: Microsoft said you're now able to "quickly jump back into conversations where you were @mentioned to see how people reacted to what you've said", and you can keep track of your mentions in the notification panel. There's also a new media gallery in chat that helps you find images, links or documents that were shared with you through the feature. For instance, chats are up front and center, but you can still do group calls, with real-time screen and photo sharing. They're now stored in the cloud for two years. That's why the new Skype design has now landed on desktops. You can use the classic theme or go with a dark theme. Skype users will also have the option to customize their group calls, and you can add emojis and take advantage of the new "drag and drop" features that have been implemented within the new client.

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Those who own a non-Windows 10 PC or a Mac can experience these changes by downloading Skype Preview starting today at Skype Insider. For everyone else, Microsoft will start rolling this out more broadly in the coming months once feedback is complete and the preview is finished.

How can you get the Skype desktop preview?

Users can start testing out the new version of Skype, the updated app is now available to preview for desktops nationwide.

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