Microsoft Plans Revamp for Android, iOS and Web Versions of Skype

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media captionWATCH Skype update draws backlash

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"As Skype functionality has expanded, so too has its complexity". There is a particular emphasis on its mobile variant, given its lack of user interface (UI) space, however Skype's desktop version is receiving a similar coat of paint.

Skillman gives things a more diplomatic spin: "maintaining simplicity while enhancing functionality is critical to usability", he wrote.

Microsoft announced it is removing Skype's Highlights feature in an effort to simplify the user experience on the platform.

"Calling became harder to execute and Highlights didn't resolve with a majority of users", explained Peter Skillman, director of design at Skype, in a blog post.

Microsoft-owned telecommunications application software product, Skype, has listened to complaints that features added in the past year have overcomplicated the product, and has made a decision to strip back and simplify. "We needed to take a step back and simplify!"

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On mobile, the app is slimming down to three navigation buttons for Chats, Calls, and Contacts along a bottom bar, while the desktop app is grouping them with the Notifications button at the top-left of the window.

"Our new navigation model removes redundant and underused features that create clutter, making it much easier to find the people you want to talk to and contact them in an instant".

More updates, focussing around calling, chats and contacts would be rolling out in the months to come, the post noted. A dark theme and "classic" blue theme is also new.

KitGuru Says: While I'm not the biggest fan of Skype, or its continuously confusing amount of changes, I can appreciate that Microsoft has quite the task on its hands to keep up with modern competition.

Microsoft says call recording on Skype is available on the latest versions of Skype - if you are running Skype 8, that is.

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