Skype Ditches “Highlights”, its Own Version of Snapchat Stories


Last year, Skype started revamping its interface by adding colorful Snapchat like makeover. It also introduced Highlights, its own version of stories, but finally ditching it now.

Skype’s redesign has met with a lot of backlash. Instead of revamping to a simpler UI, Skype cluttered its interface with a lot of features no one had asked for.

With Highlights, users were able to snap a photo or record a video, add Skype stickers, decorate it with text. This could be shared with other Skype users, groups or posted to the Highlights.

Skype thought that with rising popularity of stories through Instagram and Facebook, it’s something that all social apps would adopt. But it turned out to be disastrous as Skype is mostly used by enterprise and business users and not the Instagram generation of youths.

In its announcement, Microsoft admitted that the changes it had introduced weren’t working.

“Calling became harder to execute and Highlights didn’t resonate with a majority of users,” wrote Peter Skillman, Director of Design for Skype and Outlook.

Now, the app is introducing a simpler navigation model where there are now just three buttons at the bottom of the mobile app – Chats, Calls, and Contacts. Both Highlights and Capture are gone.

With the new desktop version of Skype, the company now says it’s moving the Chats, Calls, Contacts, and Notifications to the top left of the window to make it easier for long-time Skype users to understand.

The latest design is available in Skype version (8.29) for Android, iOS, OS X, Linux, and Windows 7, 8 & 8.1 operating systems.