After previewing the new interface design for Skype’s desktop app back in August, Microsoft is now ready to roll it out to Windows 10 users, and make it available in an update for Mac, Linux and older versions of Windows.
The airy new look is in line with the revamped mobile app which caught a lot of flak in July, so there’s a chance that not everyone will dig it. However, if you use Skype frequently for voice and video calls, you might find some of the new features handy, such as:
- A notification panel that makes it easy to scan all your alerts
- A chat media gallery to find all the photos, files and links you’ve shared with your contacts in one place
- Support for add-ins like Giphy GIF embeds, and scheduling calendar events from chats
- In-call image sharing and reactions
- The ability to @mention users to get their attention in group chats
- A night mode that’s easier on the eyes in the dark than the standard theme
There’s also a Stories-style feature if you care to use it.
The latest version will arrive automatically on Windows 10 systems; if you’re on Mac, Linux, or an older edition of Windows, you can either turn automatic updates on or grab the installer here.