Microsoft Revamps Skype on the Web

Posted on March 7, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Skype, Microsoft with 15 Comments

Microsoft is introducing the new Skype design on the web today. The company is bringing Skype’s modern design to Skype for Web. The company first previewed the new experience a few months ago, and it’s now bringing the update to everyone.

The new Skype for Web introduces the new Skype design that we have seen on Skype for Desktop and Skype Mobile. The new update brings HD video calling and call recording capabilities as well.

The updated design introduces a new notifications panel and a new chat media gallery that makes it easier to find links, photos, and files shared within your conversations.

Most of everything else is basically the same — this is mostly about the new design to help Skype for Web’s experience be consistent with Skype on other platforms. The new experience is available on the latest versions of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge on devices with Windows 10 and macOS 10.12 or newer.

Thanks for the tip, Mohammad!

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Comments (15)

15 responses to “Microsoft Revamps Skype on the Web”

  1. Jeff Fodiak

    Why waste engineering effort on this? How many people actually use that?

    Meanwhile, the mobile app is the worst performing app I have in terms of startup time, response, and connection stability. It's a complete joke compared to Messenger / Signal / WhatsApp.

    • bluvg

      In reply to manicscholar:

      Messenger? Blagh. WhatsApp? Meh. (Haven't used Signal yet.) I happily choose Skype over those, as well as Viber (ugh) and LINE (yikes).

      • irfaanwahid

        In reply to bluvg:

        Where I live (Kenya) WhatsApp is hugely popular. And it's stable and reliable. Gets the job done 99% of the times. Not sure your reasoning for Meh.

        Messenger on the other hand feels bloated.

    • Lewk

      In reply to manicscholar:

      More people than actually use the app. Many companies that interview job applicants direct them to use the web version of Skype for example. Also the engineering effort is the same as the app as they both use html and react native. So your complaints are completely invalid.

    • cayo

      In reply to manicscholar:

      Ever heard of a company that will conduct job interview in Messenger / Signal / Whatsapp? Me neither.

    • dontbe evil

      In reply to manicscholar:

      startup time... and you talk about messenger?

      whatsapp? it's tied to your phone it doesn't have a proper independent client, if for some reasons you lose/forget your phone, your phone doesn't connect to internet, you change phone number ... you're quitly done

  2. phuor

    Meanwhile on my Chromebook, the old web version now claims to not support my platform anymore. It shows a big error message and redirects to the Google play store.

  3. JaviAl

    Users are waiting for an Skype 7 revamp.

  4. William Clark

    I thought MS was killing Skype in favor of Teams? We have slowly migrating from Skype to Teams at work. Teams is fine, though, in some ways, far too complex if all you need is simple voice/video chat.

  5. simont

    Except it doesn't support Firefox or Opera

    • IanYates82

      In reply to simont:

      There shouldn't be any technical reason why it doesn't support Opera - it's Chrome in other clothing (like Vivaldi, Brave, and soon, Edge).

      I've just opened it in Opera - works fine :)