Skype introduced the all new Skype 8.0 today, which comes with a variety of new features. Last year, Microsoft redesigned Skype which got mixed reviews. Skype 8.0 will replaces Skype 7.0 aka Skype Classic which will no longer function after September 1, 2018.
The new release introduces a variety of features, including HD video and screen-sharing in calls, support for @mentions in chats, a chat media gallery, file and media sharing up to 300 MB, and more. It will also add several more features this summer, including most notably, supported for encrypted audio calls, texts, and file sharing as well as built-in call recording.
The new update brings focus upon upgrading the visual elements of new design, like the color-coding in chat messages and “reaction” emojis. This release also included the chat media gallery and file sharing support, which are touted as new today, but may have already hit your desktop.
Skype is facing increased competition over the years from the likes of Apple’s FaceTime. Other apps for texting and calls, like Messenger and WhatsApp, and new communication apps for Business like Slack are doing good too. To compete better, Microsoft gave Skype a facelift starting last year. It introduced a number of social features seemingly aimed at a younger user base, including its own take on Stories.
Today’s desktop release focuses again on consumer-friendly features, with the added support of HD (1080px video) video calls which can include up to 24 people, as well as the Twitter-inspired @mentions.
Microsoft says Skype will add support for profile invites (to invite friends to join you on Skype), read receipts for messages, group links for chats and calls, and other features.
The most significant additions in Skype 8.0 includes an end-to-end encrypted experience where Skype audio calls, text messages, and shared files like images, audio and video, and secured with the industry standard Signal Protocol. Messages and notifications in these conversations will also be hidden in the chat list to keep the communication private.
Skype 8.0 will also soon roll out to iPad users with features like quoted messages, personalized themes, chat list, @mentions, and more.
Make sure you update your Skype app before September 1, 2018.