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Windows Insiders Call Dibs on Microsoft’s Universal Skype App


The next edition of Skype will be for Windows Insiders’ eyes only. Designed to work on any Windows 10 device, the next version of Microsoft’s messaging service will be launched under the name of “Skype Universal Windows Platform Preview.”


After purchasing it for $8.5 billion in 2011, Microsoft has continuously improved its messaging platform to the point that it will create a universal experience across different Windows devices.

The company plans to make Skype look and run exactly the same on every Window 10 device, including laptops, desktop PCs, tablets, 2-in-1 convertibles, and smartphones.

However, for Skype’s first build, Microsoft will focus mainly on the desktop version of the service, where it will offer the usual features, such as one-on-one voice, group chats, and video calls. Some bugs still need fixing in the preview version, and some options are missing, like group video and voice calling.

Meanwhile, we must appreciate that Microsoft has been listening to user feedback, and started heeding their suggestions.

For example, people made it clear they prefer single mode apps that are built as lighter and faster products to the heavier desktop apps that overload with too many things at the same time.

The feedback also suggested that even though the screen size gets bigger — larger tablets, wider smartphone displays – people’s expectations shift and they want to limit app, according to a blog post by Microsoft.

Overall, the next Skype’s preview looks cleaner and feels tighter. For the most part, it’s a more polished app with promising new features. For example, Microsoft plans for users to be able to chat with anyone on Skype, and also with any non-Skype users.

The Skype app has also been designed to be responsive, so the end result should be a proper experience that feels and looks right on any device it’s being used on.

If you’re not a member of Windows Insiders, you will be able to still use the current Skype app on Windows 10 PCs – for the time being. Over time, Microsoft promises to streamline all of us into the Skype Universal Windows Platform app.

If you use the Skype app mostly on mobile, the wait might be a bit longer. But Microsoft also has plans to release a new mobile version as soon as it adds the finishing touches for the PC version.
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