Skype Ditches Snapchat-Inspired Makeover To Focus On Simplicity

05 September, 2018, 03:03 | Author: Patty Hardy
  • Skype v8.29 ditches Snapchat-like 'Highlights' and has a simplified UI

Skype's desktop and mobile apps are getting another design overhaul, aimed at appeasing users who weren't happy with the previous one. "As with any feature rich product, maintaining simplicity while enhancing functionality is critical to usability", the team said in a blog post.

Microsoft-owned telecommunications application software product, Skype, has listened to complaints that features added in the a year ago have overcomplicated the product, and has chose to strip back and simplify. The company is planning to remove the less used features and will simplify the app's core functions like voice calling, video chatting and messaging. The simplification was needed says Microsoft because features that users wanted to use like placing calls was harder to execute. To do this, it's moving calls, chats, contacts and notifications out of the ay into the top left of the Skype window.

After the call, the recording is finalized and then posted to your chat where it is available for 30 days.

The Skype update also brings a fresh navigation model that is simplified with less clutter. It has also redesigned its light and dark themes with more toned down gradients and less decorative elements for a 'more elegant interface.

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So it makes sense for Skype to listen to its users and cut the chaff from its UI - and it has also set up a UserVoice website to collate feedback on incoming features and changes; however, if that's not enough for you, we have a number of alternative services at the link below.

"We hope this updated design makes Skype easier to use and provides a better Skype experience".

KitGuru Says: While I'm not the biggest fan of Skype, or its continuously confusing amount of changes, I can appreciate that Microsoft has quite the task on its hands to keep up with modern competition.

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