Microsoft is redesigning the Skype app, again

Joanna Estrada
September 4, 2018

"We needed to take a step back and simplify", wrote Skillman. It has removed the Highlights feature introduced previous year, and is bringing back a simple interface that is easy to understand. Not only is this meant to provide a central place for navigation for Skype users, but it should also strip it back to a cleaner interface.

Microsoft is also removing the "Highlights" feature which was added to Skype previous year and was inspired by photo-messaging app Snapchat.

Skype admitted to its recent complex design changes, and said that it realised the critical need to maintain simplicity and familiarity.

Microsoft announced it is removing Skype's Highlights feature in an effort to simplify the user experience on the platform.

Calling became harder to execute and "Highlights" didn't resonate with a majority of users. The company said that all the Highlights are downloadable till September 30, after which they will be deleted forever.

The modern desktop Skype application (not the older Windows version that is being discontinued soon) is also being refreshed.

Microsoft is redesigning Skype's interface for both mobile and desktop, eliminating the less used features on the app and simplyfying its core functions like voice calling, video chatting and messaging. A dark theme and "classic" blue theme is also new.

"We looked at how people use Skype apps, performing extensive testing across global markets and building prototypes to test new concepts", says Skillman.

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