When Microsoft bought Skype in 2011 for $8.5 billion, one thing was clear, it had big plans for its new purchase. And now, following the news that Skype is going to be tightly integrated into Windows 10, we can see the extent of its designs.
Indeed, the changes are only set to continue, with Skype stating in an updated blog post:
“Later this summer, we’ll roll out the Preview for Universal Skype experiences built into Messaging, Phone and Video apps on Windows 10. These new, light-weight apps will make tasks like calling and messaging more efficient and easier. Users will also be able to choose to use the familiar Skype for Windows desktop app, which comes with the deepest Skype feature set.”
While Skype for Desktop is still intended to remain the primary app for users, the breakdown of Skype into separate Messaging, Phone and Video apps is an interesting move that seems to reveal the intent to more thoroughly bake the service throughout the OS. And looking at the competition this makes sense, as it is a move very similar to one made by Facebook.
Previously, their main app was where every interaction was made, but Facebook has since split various functions away from the core app, most notably messaging. Through doing this, it is able to update separate elements more easily, and gains more control over the overall experience. This is likely what Microsoft hopes to achieve through breaking Skype into different components. When messaging, Skype will be available, when phoning, Skype will be available, and of course, with video, Skype will be available.
As the app is released, it will be possible to learn more about the shape that Microsoft intends for this to take, but as the rise of mobile messaging apps continues, it could likely turn out to be a canny move.
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