Skype talked a bit about new group chat features, which are compelling enough thanks to new chat add-ons like Giphy, but the meat of this makeover is what makes it similar to Snapchat.
A new "Highlights" feature lets you record your day with photos and video clips. Highlights can be posted to be viewed by all or by select folks. Sound familiar? That's because it's exactly what Snapchat,
Skype isn't losing its heart, though, which is video connectivity between friends. That's still there. Let's take a look at what's new but, before we do, a quick note that this is only rolling out to Android now and will be available for iPhones soon.
This is the first screen you'll see after signing in. You can choose either a colorful chat theme or a black and white one. I'm going colorful.
Now you'll choose another color. I'm not sure how this differs from the first option but here we go.
Here's the new home screen. It's split into Highlights (the stories you and your friends can share), chats and capture. The capture tab is what lets you snap pictures and videos for your highlights.
I'm creating content for my Highlights.
And a quick video clip for good measure. You can add all sorts of emoji and text. Is it too early for a beer?
Here's the new group chat page.
I can share video clips, my location, and even video call everyone. There are also chat add-ons, though not many. Giphy is probably the most fun, or YouTube.
The Snapchat-like features are neat, but I really don't think anyone is going to use them. Maybe I'm wrong, but with Instagram and Snapchat already owning that market, I don't see much of a reason to come here to share parts of your day.
It works well though, and that's really all that matters if Microsoft wants to try to create a base of users. Android users should be able to find the new Skype app in the Google Play store now.