MICROSOFT HAS released revamped Skype clients for Android and iOS users with new features and a restyled interface.
The Skype blog exclaimed: "At Skype we are passionate about helping you connect to the people that matter most even when you’re apart. We are constantly working to make it easier and better to do just that, whether you’re talking with family, messaging with friends, or sharing a photo."
The new Android version finally follows Material Design to conform with the Google preferred layout, and adds a floating button to allow easy access to start a call or chat.
Search functionality has been upgraded to make it easier to find contacts and conversation contacts, and the messaging service now makes seeing unread messages a bit easier.
For iOS there's the same enhanced search, including a 'recent' tab, which users of other editions will find familiar, and a redesign to include swipe gestures and easier sharing of photos, web links, emoticons and location, even when on a call.
The biggest changes come for iPad which now has the same features as iPhone, including support for groups for the first time.
The next milestone will be Skype for Windows Phone 10 which is expected to launch to coincide with the release of the operating system itself, which remains delayed after failing to launch with the desktop version last month.
Skype for iOS is very much out and about already. Android users were told yesterday that it was "rolling out today", but we've not yet been able to download it.
The product has seen a series of changes since Microsoft took over Skype. It recently ditched the 'modern' Windows 8 style app in favour of the desktop version, even in Windows 10, and third-party apps were switched off along with the API to lay the ground for the more universal experience Microsoft is still working towards with these updates. µ
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