New, redesigned Skype for Windows, Mac, and Linux is now available
Today Skype is introducing a new look across its desktop apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This is in line with the latest redesign of the service’s mobile apps.
The new version of Skype for desktop has been in a preview state for a while, but it’s now rolling out to every single user out there. It features customizable themes, and a chat list that can be organized by time, unread, or your contacts’ status. Pinning people or groups means you always have them front and center. You can use a standard or compact view and collapse the chat list to focus more on the conversations.
Reactions allow you to easily let people know how anything makes you feel, while @mentions make it easy to get someone’s attention in a group chat. Status updates are back, and bots should help you make plans and stay informed.
Skype for Windows 10 will be updated “shortly” with the new features. If you are using Skype on Mac, Windows 10 November Update (2016) and lower, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Linux and you have automatic updates enabled, you will receive the new version “when it’s ready”. Alternatively, you can go to skype.com and manually download and install this iteration.
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