Skype is promising to make it simpler to entry and ship chat messages inside its apps —saying it’s “placing conversations on the coronary heart of a redesigned expertise” whereas aiming to make Skype total extra constant to use across varied devices.
The put up underscores Skype’s evolution as a general-purpose communications service, past the core video chat for which it’s finest identified. Skype earlier this yr absorbed millions of users of Microsoft’s Messenger service, which has since been shut down. The native messaging app in Home windows 8 will also reportedly be replaced by Skype as a part of the Home windows 8.1 replace.
Skype says its customers now ship “tens of billions of chat messages each month.”
The put up additionally signifies that Skype’s design across platforms will take cues from its redesigned apps for Home windows 8 and Home windows Telephone 8. These apps present current conversations, favorites and contacts on the house display in Microsoft’s “Fashionable UI” type.
“To make all of your interactions on Skype simpler, we’re placing conversations on the coronary heart of a redesigned expertise,” the corporate says within the put up. “Not solely is that this Fashionable design daring and lovely, but it surely’s additionally easier and simpler to use. Doing this on Home windows 8 and Home windows Telephone 8 dramatically decreased the time it takes to reply to a message, whereas making it even easier to improve that dialog to a voice or video name. Our goal is to make the expertise and design of our apps as constant as doable, whereas nonetheless respecting every system’s distinctive look and really feel.”
As well as, Skype says it’s going to improve battery life and efficiency, and make the general set of options extra constant across totally different platforms by the top of the yr. It cites the just lately launched options of video messaging, image sharing, and HD video as examples.