Microsoft has launched a vastly overhauled Skype sporting a more modern look with the option for customization.
Group chats can now be personalized enabling you to “chat the way you want,” — you can even customize Skype with your favorite colors.
“Rebuilt from the ground up, the new Skype vastly improves the ways you can connect with your favorite people and, of course, chatting is front and center,” reads a Skype blog post. “With the new Skype, you’ll have countless ways to share life’s moments together, every day. Wherever life takes you, Skype allows you to seamlessly create, play, share, and do more with the people you care about most.”
“The next generation of Skype” includes a number of features that appear to have been inspired by Snapchat’s Stories.
Skype’s new feature, Highlights, definitely channels Stories. Highlights allows you to create a highlight reel of your day with photos and videos. Simply swipe to access your camera, take a photo or video, then post it to your Highlights. There is also an option to send it to a friend or a group. When a Highlight is posted, you can react to it with emoticons or by making a comment.
The update also includes group conversations, add-ins, and bots.
“The new Find panel takes center stage, and makes Skype infinitely searchable,” the blog post reads. “Looking for seats to a big game? Pull ticket pricing and seating options directly into the chat with the StubHub bot. Trying to find the perfect recipe for the brunch you’re hosting? Discover the latest trends with the BigOven add-in and learn the many ways you can make that avocado toast. Planning a weekend getaway with old friends? Chat with the Expedia bot to check flight times and pricing.”
New add-ins and bots will be added over time.
Skype is currently rolling out the mobile update worldwide for Android users. It will be followed in a few weeks by the update for iOS. The updates will later come to Windows and Mac over the next few months.