Microsoft Updates Skype to Compete with Group Chat Applications
A new version of the popular video chat application, Skype, is set to be released sometime today or tomorrow with features which target group chat.
The team behind Skype decided to design the application from the ground with the new Skyper version 5.0 touting it as “the most refined version yet” with “all the visual finish that iOS users expect, smooth animations and even a few features that aren’t just new for this version, but new to Skype altogether.”
The first thing you’ll realise is that the application now has consistent design language across platforms, be it Android, Windows Phone or iOS. The app redesign has also brought quicker launch times to the application with the team promising the application will launch “5 times faster than the old version”. With the improved launch times, the interface is smoother and so are the transitions and animations when swiping between screens. Also in the update is better battery performance without sacrificing the performance which they have promised. In addition to this, the new Skype application comes with a more streamlined interface allowing users to start group chats from the hub instead of having to dig through multiple menus. The update also allows users to send pictures easier, even if their contact is offline.
The final piece of the update comes in the form of notification synchronisation between devices which will ensure you don’t get outdated notifications when you move from one device to the other. In addition, the update for iPad is also following suit.
Sources: Skype Blog