Microsoft Just Redesigned Skype Again, But This Time with Snapchat in Mind

It seems nowadays everyone’s getting caught up in the whole concept of sharing every moment of your day in every place possible. I mean, just look at what Facebook is doing to itself, Instagram, and even Messenger. Of course, one company that’s seemed to have been laying low on new trends has been Microsoft, therefore keeping itself in a business- and productivity-focused environment. Whelp, this changes today as the company has redesigned their messaging service, Skype, with a fresh look that resembles all the glory that is Snapchat and Instagram.

For one, the entire app has received a complete redesign and not just certain elements. Gradients and black-and-white color schemes play a major role in this new look, with three tabs being present at all times: Highlights, Chats, and Capture. Obviously, Chats will allow you to see all of your message threads, but the remaining two tabs are the most interesting of the group.

Swiping over to Capture will open your camera which lets you add effects, stickers, and more to photos and videos. Content taken in this tab can then be shared with others on Skype. It’s strikingly similar to that of Snapchat, Instagram, and even Facebook at this point, but folks, things get even more similar when swiping over to the Highlights tab.

Highlights is just Skype’s way of describing another Stories clone. You can upload photos and videos taken on the Capture screen which will be viewable to all of your connections on Skype, while those viewing your “highlights” can take action on them by sending a reaction. This is clearly just another place to show all of your friends where you’ve been all day which, I have to say, probably isn’t much wanted by consumers. But hey, all of your co-workers can now find out about that secret party you had in the office the other day you didn’t invite them to, so that’s fun.

In addition, there’s a new Find feature that lets you search universally for content to share with your friends such as videos from YouTube and GIFs from Giphy. There’s also brand-new UIs for video and voice calls.

The new redesign of Skype is now hitting Android devices, with iOS, Windows, and Mac users getting the update soon.