Hands On With Microsoft’s New Skype UWP App

Posted on March 26, 2016 by Brad Sams in Skype with 0 Comments

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This week, Microsoft announced a new Skype initiative, they will be dropping the three separate and Win32 products for a new UWP app. The company said that the app would arrive with a new build of Windows 10 to Insiders but I have been able to get my hands on the new bits early.

Currently the app only works with Redstone builds, which isn’t all that surprising and means we likely wont see this app arrive for those on Threshold builds for some time, if at all. Once installed, the app works like you would expect, although I did have it crash a couple of times.

To no surprise, the app does support responsive window re-sizing but I am a little bit concerned that the smallest window size supported that shows conversation and your contact list is much wider than the win32 implementation. Hopefully Microsoft will address this with a future build as this is an early look at the new application and there is a lot of room for improvement.

Aside from being new, the app doesn’t offer any updates in functionality and truly is a Skype app in UWP format and that’s about it.

I created a gallery below that shows off the new app; I did remove some of the contact information from the screenshots to protect privacy but otherwise, the images are untouched. Expect this app to arrive soon with Insider builds, possibly next week, as I hope the company will push out a new build of Windows 10 at their Build conference in San Francisco.

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