Microsoft has dedicated a lot of its efforts to redesigning Skype several times over the years, and the company is back at it with the latest Skype update, which is currently in development. According to Microsoft, it is working on an “improved, faster, reliable, and super modern-looking Skype” and plans to launch the changes in a few months.
According to the preview of Skype’s new look as shared by Microsoft, the most important update is that of the call grid. The grid will now include all the participants on a call who will appear side by side, while your own video will be displayed in the main interface. Participants who would not have their video enabled will be shown in the grid too.
Next, the main calling interface of Skype is getting more customizable with options of new themes and layouts. These include options of speaker view, grid view, large gallery, Together Mode, and content view. Moreover, users will be able to choose from new colorful themes with button gradients, an improved side panel on mobile, and Fluent Design icons throughout the apps.
Microsoft further added that it is also focusing on performance features of Skype apart from its design, to provide users with a “delightful experience.” To be specific, according to Microsoft, the performance on Skype’s Android version will be increased by more than 2,000% in “key scenarios” and 30% on its desktop versions.
Other new features include custom notification sounds, which is currently accessible, and a new TwinCam feature that will let you add your phone camera to a call.
Furthermore, to make Skype more accessible, Microsoft claimed that it would support all browsers with the upcoming Skype updates.