Microsoft has recently focused on developing its Microsoft Teams service, but its Skype service is still alive and receiving updates. Today Microsoft announced that Skype would soon get a new look for the mobile version of the application.
I think everyone has heard of Skype. It’s a long-standing messaging and video-calling service that has been popular since before the era of remote working. It is mainly for personal use and supports audio and video calls, link meetings, group, and single text chats, and applications for all major platforms.
However, as Microsoft Teams has gained popularity, Skype has not recently received many updates or improvements. It only received a partial redesign in August 2021 over the past few years. Now the mobile apps are getting another update with more focus on colors.
Microsoft said in its blog, “Theme colors have been updated from last year’s release, and we’ve added more color options so you can choose your favorite color in the light and dark Skype themes.” They’ve redesigned the interface for video calling, which will now more closely match the desktop app, and call stability and performance have improved.
However, that’s not all of the changes. Microsoft is adding news articles-perhaps for Microsoft revenue and Skype server bills, like the recommended articles on the Microsoft Edge homepage. In a blog post, company representatives explained, “Introducing the ‘Today’ tab in Skype… where we easily integrate personalized articles and news stories from trusted sources around the world for you to read and share right on Skype. And best of all, you don’t need a subscription for all of this!“
This feature won’t be much of an annoyance and can be easily ignored since it will be limited to the Today tab. Microsoft also reported that the update should start rolling out soon if it hasn’t already.