Some time in the early period of this year, Skype the free software download that allows one the opportunity to make free calls, video conferencing and instant messaging introduced an enhanced version of its application ware that touches more on the social and media sharing expression tools in a bid to be like newer social communication services in the likes of Slack and Snapchat. The company today launches a new desktop friendly version of Skype also inclusive is Mac, Windows 10 of November 2016 version and lower, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Linux.

Worthy of note is that the App has been available in preview on the desktop since August, during which this time Microsoft said it responded to users feed back in discerning the scale of preference list of features as it modelled the new look of Skype to the desktop platform.


Citing Skype’s more controversial features Snapchat “Stories” is absent in the desktop version of the app for now. This coclusion was drawn from the Skype tester’s feedback as explained even though the company plans to add highlights  to the desktop version in a later release. At the moment its still only avalaible as a mobile feature.

None the less if your intention is to put up your activities for your contacts on the desktop version you will only need to change your presence or set a mood message with kudos to the come back of status updates.

Skype desktop view
Skype desktop view

All thesame the latest desktop version of the Skype app includes a bunch of new other features with its redesign which entails its over all more colourful and vibrant feel. Taking for instance in group conversations every persons message can be colour coded with shades of orange, blue, pink and option to react to messages with emoji icons just like it is on Facebook’s messenger.

The emoji reactions are also available for use during video calls, allowing that you send big emoji to another which will be temporarily overlaid on top of the recipients caller’s window. This feature also appears to make Skype more youthful and vibrant ddemographically instead just professional use cases.

Also the updated skype version includes options to personalize such as capability to theme the App just like as is the case with en vogue Apps like Twitter and Youtube to theme up their apps with new darker themes, also the ability to organize ones contacts according to time, unread or status and pin people and groups to have them more accessible with ease.

A new very useful Skype feature is the media gallery which is associated with each chat  and helps you efficiently find shared content in likes of media, links and files from conversations. Also this feature can be sorted to type for easier searches and one can send files up to the tune of three hundred Megabytes (300MB) because file sharing is cloud based.