Skype redesign brings colorful new interface and performance improvements – Pocket-lint
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(Pocket-lint) – Skype announced a series of upcoming changes to the video calling platform, with a colorful redesign, faster speeds and reliability improvements, all detailed.
The Microsoft-owned company featured the update in a blog post, giving us a first indication of what will happen to users before the end of the year.
The visual overhaul is the most striking and significant change, with Skype noting that a number of new layouts and themes will now be available for video calling – something Skype calls the “calling phase”.
This will result in the grid showing everyone on a call regardless of their video status, all side by side with your own feed displayed in the main slot.
As we say, however, there is a lot of customization going on. Users will still be able to exit the default setup and choose between speaker view, grid view, a large gallery and more, with different colors available for selection buttons and chats. Later, there will be personalized sound notifications, as well as a new feature – TwinCam – which allows users to add their phone’s camera to a call.
And while the interface redesign is the main change here, Skype also suggests that the update will introduce performance improvements as well. In what the company calls “key scenarios,” performance will be improved by almost a third on the desktop application and by over 2,000% – yes, 2,000% – on Android.
Full browser support was also noted in the post, which means the app should remain reliable no matter what device and engine you are running from.
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All in all, this is a welcome set of changes for a platform that has been in an interesting place lately.
After testing a more drastic Snapchat-like design a few years ago (before quickly giving up), this is more in line with video call customers who thrived during the pandemic. The new design and performance tweaks should help it compete more effectively with Zoom , but only time will tell how capable he is of catching up.
Written by Conor Allison. Originally published on .