A few months after releasing a brand new mobile Skype to Snapchat, Microsoft is attacking computers. Available today, the newest version of Skype offers a brand new design and adopts features offered by its competitors, such as mentions or the ability to react to a message. With this new version, Microsoft hopes to boost its service and attract an audience accustomed to competing services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or Telegram.
In addition to a new interface, the new version of Skype offers its users many new features, such as the ability to organize contacts according to different criteria or to choose a custom status. Skype users in group conversations will also be able to directly mention an interlocutor using an @ followed by their identifier, a feature already present in the majority of competing messaging services. Skype also opens up to third-party developers because of the presence of bots or extensions to solicit applications in its conversations. The disappointed of the new interface will be able to replace it by one of the themes proposed by Microsoft.
Cloud for more flexibility
Another new feature of this new version of Skype is the ability to transfer up to 300 MB of files by dragging them into a conversation window. By storing data transferred directly to the cloud, Microsoft makes it easier for users to find it on all their devices.
If the new Skype is available today, some new features such as extensions will initially be reserved for members of the Insider program.