Microsoft wants you to use its popular video conferencing app Skype, even if you all you to do is have text conversations. To make the experience better for such users, the company has improved the formatting experience. Starting today, if you’ve installed the updated version of Skype on your Mac computer or the preview version of the software on Windows, you will be able to add a lot of flavors to the texts you send.
The instant messaging service now lets you bold your text messages by simply putting asterisks around the words you want to stand out. Other than that, you will also be able to use the text style italics by wrapping "_underscores_" around your text. Additionally you can also strikethrough the texts by putting ~tildes~ around them.
This is a welcoming change as I have personally seen many people craving for this feature. However, Microsoft should work on bringing new features instead of playing catch up, as these features have been available on Google Talk (and Hangouts) for years.