Microsoft continues to develop Skype, launching another redesign and several new features

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Despite the fact that Microsoft did not integrate Skype into the new Windows 11 operating system (and intends to focus on promoting the Teams service), the company still continues to develop this messenger. So, Microsoft announced plans for an "improved, faster, more reliable and cutting-edge Skype." The company says it is listening to feedback and will start upgrading Skype over the next few months.

The changes will affect the grid that is displayed during calls. It will include all participants in the call, whether they have video enabled or not. This organization will allow you to place an image of all participants side by side, including the user's own video.

Microsoft is also adding new themes and layout options, implementing customizations for the main Skype calling experience. The user will be able to choose between different display options, including Speaker View, Grid View, Large Gallery View, Together Mode, and Content Sharing. In this case, in the parameters, it will be possible to choose to display only those people who have activated video broadcasting.
In addition, Microsoft is developing colourful new Skype themes with gradient buttons, an improved sidebar on mobile devices, and Fluent Design icons across all apps. Also, game lovers will be able to play together in the casino via Skype Skype users without avatars will also get colourful gradients to make it easier to distinguish between chats.

Microsoft is also committed to supporting all browsers in future changes to Skype, as Messenger "must be seamless, accessible, and reliable no matter what browser or device you're using."
Some of the improvements mentioned are already implemented in current versions of Skype, while others will appear in the coming months. For example, custom notification sounds are part of the new features already implemented. However, the new TwinCam feature, which allows you to add your phone's camera to a call, will come later.

Posted 11 Feb 2022

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