In its latest blog post, Skype just outlined a major UI overhaul is coming to its appearance, with focus on the “call stage” or the screen where call participants can see each other. Chats can be customized with themes, accented by color gradients.
Skype says it’s “designed the most beautiful call stage in the world” with new layouts, themes, and features. Skype aimed to modernize the look and feel of Skype while still remaining familiar to its longtime users. It also talks about making the user more inclusive in the call stage.
The first person we included was you – now you can find yourself on the main view during a call. We also adjusted the way video feeds are rendered into a more natural grid, and no one will be left alone on the upper tray again because we bring you all together.
Skype will also let users customize a tile for when they are not sharing video. “no more grey” tiles. Avatars of audio-only participants will have the user’s profile photo and a customizable background can be added or changed during a call.
Skype’s ‘Meet Now’ lets you start a video call with anyone who doesn’t have a Skype account. The Meet Now lobby has been updated with less clutter and improved ease of use.
Themes are coming to chat windows too. Chats can be customized with different colors which can be set to individual chats.
Skype also mentions that its performance is improving by 30% on desktop and over 2000% on Android.
Skype was once the most popular video conferencing app, but it now faces competition from Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp, Google Duo, and even Skype-owner Microsoft’s own Teams. There are many more changes outlined by Skype on its blog post, which you can find at the Source link.