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Microsoft Releases All-New ‘Skype Preview’ for Mac and Windows

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Microsoft has today announced that the next generation of Skype is now available in preview on Mac and Windows computers. Specifically designed with desktop in mind, Skype Preview is available for OS X and non-Windows 10 PC users, and delivers most of the great features of the company’s next generation mobile experience, while taking full advantage of the larger screen. 

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Skype Preview offers livelier group chats with new features that improve your connection with friends and family. You can also do more together in group calls, with real-time screen and photo sharing. “It’s not yet complete and we need your feedback. We’re also previewing some features to make you more productive on your desktop. Try them out, let us know what you think”, note the developers of Skype.

Below are some of the new Skype features being previewed:

  • @mentions, message reactions and a new notification panel—Stay on top of your day with help from the notification panel. Quickly jump back into conversations where you were @mentioned to see how people reacted to what you’ve said.
  • New chat media gallery—Finding shared content—such as links, documents, or media—in a chat has never been easier with the chat gallery.
  • Enhanced group calls—Customize your group call experience with drag and drop ease. Say it with an emoji using our new in-call reactions, too!

To download Skype Preview for desktop, click here.

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  • Dylan

    If this is anything like the new iOS app, I’ll pass. The new iOS app is the worst skype update to date. The interface is horrible, it freezes, messages don’t send often. Microsoft really dropped the ball. I hope they revert back to the original. I’ll pass on this.

  • Kosmo

    Same here! I stopped using Skype on my phone and if the desktop version is similar, I’ll just stop using Skype altogether!

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