Microsoft has expanded their beta testing efforts to other platforms other than Windows when it comes to the highly popular video chatting service Skype. Starting today, anyone interested can sign up for and download a beta version of the hit communications platform to their iOS, Android, or Mac device and begin receiving the latest upcoming features and fixes first. In return, you’re asked to send your feedback about the apps to help further development, but that’s a small price to pay for getting the latest and greatest features before everyone else.
Over on Skype’s official forum, the platform highlights the perks you’ll receive by becoming a Skype Insider (in other words, a Skype beta tester). Here’s the full list.
You will have early access to Skype software and services updates and improvements.
You will be able to give early feedback on these improvements and as well as help us iron out any quirks before we release them broadly.
On top of that you will be able to submit your suggestions on what you would like to see in the Skype app in the future
There’s also already new features and changes made to the Mac version of Skype including emoticon search and tweaks to call forwarding and voicemail. For iOS and Android users, there’s just some bug fixes so far, but you’ll probably see new features hit your device soon.
Regarding Windows users, nothing’s happening. Microsoft still requires you to opt into the Windows Insider Program to become a Skype Insider, so if you’re interested in only testing Skype and not full-fledged Windows, you’re out of luck.