Microsoft today is launching a completely revamped version of its Skype application, with a new set of features that draw obvious inspiration from messaging rivals, like Messenger and Snapchat. Skype now has its own Stories-like feature, as well as a redesign that puts the camera only a swipe away from your chats, among other things.
Microsoft says Skype’s makeover has been in the works for well over a year, and represents the biggest change to the platform since the introduction of video sharing back in 2006.
Skype also rolling out its own set of bots and chat add-ins to rival Facebook Messenger.
You can then snap a photo or video – which you can then of course decorate with typed or handwritten text, as well as with Skype’s own set of stickers – very much like on other apps.
In the new version of Skype, your snapped photos and videos can be shared with individuals, in group chats, or can be posted to a new feature called Highlights.
The camera is available when you swipe right from the main screen, while Highlights are found when swipe left.
For starters, Skype’s new Highlights are available for a week, not a day. Highlights are also not broadcast to your entire Skype network. Instead, they use a Twitter-like following/followers model – meaning only those who follow your Highlights can see these posts. You can choose to “share” your Highlights with individual contacts or groups you manually select.