As Microsoft Groups exploded in reputation, I’d all however assumed Skype was lifeless. Heck Microsoft even constructed Groups proper into Home windows 11, aiming to make the collaboration software program your go-to useful resource for calling family and friends in addition to colleagues. The corporate has barely made a whisper about Skype up to now yr or so.
However apparently, Microsoft isn’t giving up on Skype simply but. In a weblog put up at present, the corporate detailed myriad new options coming to the app, together with a cleaner new design.
Specifically, the corporate centered on its name grid, permitting everybody to be seen with bigger video feeds fairly than small previews. Your personal video feed can even now be seen on the primary view of the decision. In all, the format it appears to work extra like different video conferencing apps, like Groups or Zoom.
In the meantime, you may decide to cover audio-only contributors or they’ll assign extra colourful backgrounds fairly than the boring gray background that’s often proven when individuals opt-out of video.
Microsoft additionally says the desktop app is now 30% sooner in ‘key eventualities’, whereas the Android app is ‘over 2000%’ sooner, with extra enhancements on the best way.
However my favourite characteristic is perhaps a brand new ‘Twin Cam’ characteristic that permits you to use your cellphone or one other secondary system to function a secondary digicam angle — one thing I can see being very helpful for digital classes. Simply scan a QR code and the secondary system might be added as an additional digicam below your identify.
Another modifications coming to the app:
- Icons following Home windows 11’s ‘Fluent’ design language.
- New units of themes.
- A lot of new coloration gradients far and wide.
- Skype’s no-install Meet Now characteristic is getting a cleaner design as effectively.
- Individuals who be a part of Meet Now hyperlinks will now see the identify and avatar of your name.
- Skype now works with “all browsers.”
- Reactions at the moment are faster to entry and simpler to search out.
However actually the largest information to me is the truth that Skype continues to be in such lively improvement within the first place. I’d just about assumed Microsoft was seeking to have Groups swallow up Skype, however regardless of Groups’ reputation within the enterprise world, Skype nonetheless holds a superb quantity of clout for on a regular basis video calls with the individuals you care about.
Whereas I nonetheless have some doubts about Skype’s longevity, the corporate says the app is “right here to remain”. You’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the updates coming to Skype on the supply hyperlink beneath
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