By 2020, Skype was one of the biggest names in teleconferencing. Now, the telecommunications app - Zoom in first place - hopes to pave the way back to the top with a new look and improved features.
"We have listened carefully to your comments and many of the changes come from your suggestions," according to a company post outlining more than a dozen current and future changes. These little boxes we've been looking at for 18 months are being upgraded. With new layouts and "beautiful themes", the Skype call stage has been modernized and made more comprehensive - starting with your own face in the main view.
"We have also adapted the way video feeds are converted into a more natural grid and no one will be left alone in the top tray again because we bring you all together," the blog said. All participants (even those with their camera off) are visible on the calling stage and larger video feeds mean better visibility when someone shares their screen or runs Together Mode.
Users, meanwhile, can still hide audio-only participants from the calling stage - or just enjoy their new colorful scenery. Skype replaces their gray squares with more playful images - the same ones it uses as a background replacement during calls. Also look for upgraded chat headers as part of a new layout, a more balanced left frame, more than 140 easy-to-use icons and customizable themes in a rainbow of color options.
Skype facilitates fast chat with the introduction of Meet Now, a tool that allows anyone to participate in calls via a link - no application required. The "Meet Now lobby" has been redesigned to be "lighter, easier to use and much more beautiful".
Skype also features second-hand TwinCam, customizable notification tones, an emoji response selector, and Skype Universal Translator for communication in any language on landline or video calling. And these new features and new look should work in your browser, whether it's Edge, Chrome, Safari, Firefox or Opera.
Source of information: pcmag.com