Users can start testing out the new version of Skype, the updated app is now available to preview for desktops nationwide. The app is still in its testing phase, so some features and UI elements might change over the next few weeks. Microsoft is looking for feedback for the new app, so if you want to help test it out you can download the new version for Windows 10 today. In a statement online the Skype team added, “We’re committed to providing a Skype experience you love, enhancing the way you talk, text, and experience the world—all from the comfort of your desktop.”
You can download the desktop client on Windows 10 and Mac OS, the desktop version is a lot roomier than the mobile version, and takes advantages of the larger screens that we are all sporting nowadays. The Skype team explained, “Skype Preview puts chat front and center—making this the most expressive Skype ever. Group chats are livelier with new features that improve your connection with friends and family. You can also do more together in group calls, with real-time screen and photo sharing.”
If you are joining the preview from a previous version of Skype you will probably notice the new chat media gallery right away. The new feature offers a quick way to find shared content like pics, links, docs, or other files you have been sharing with fellow Skype users. Skype users will also have the option to customize their group calls, and you can add emojis and take advantage of the new ‘drag and drop’ features that have been implemented within the new client.
The company ended by saying, “Skype brings people together to experience more every day and make life a little simpler and more convenient. Start experiencing it for yourself by downloading Skype Preview for non-Windows 10 PCs and Macs today at Skype Insider. Skype Preview will install alongside Skype classic, making it easy to switch back if needed. However, we recommend running one instance of Skype at a time so that you don’t get duplicate notifications for messages or calls.”