Skype gets a modernized UI with latest Insider update

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Last week, Microsoft's Skype team promised big things were coming to the platform as its newer more publicized cousin Teams continued to hog the company's conferencing and chat services spotlight. According to a recent press release, Skype users can expect to see performance improvements, UI updates and new features come to both desktop and mobile applications for the service.

Today marks the first step in a long hike for the company as it begins to deliver on some of its promises. A new Skype Insider preview build rolls out today to users with minor tweaks to the platform.

Tempering expectations, Skype Insiders can grab the latest updates now that includes:

  • Modernized UI improvements: new notifications/activity tab look, new look for the header and footer on Desktop and Mobile
  • Video rendering improvements: on Android, iPhone and iPad
  • Group Profile screen to support new avatar selection options from the MeetNow creation board: emoticon or sticker on colorful background + uploading photo (which already is there)
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

Anecdotally, when I tested this version out it was hard to spot the changes initially, but they are there.

Last week, the Skype team promised a fanciful number of changes to its aging platform, and while today's update feels like breadcrumbs to its pie in the sky ambitions, it's a least a start.

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