Skype Launches Redesigned Desktop App With Cross-Device Functionality Between iOS and macOS

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After first redesigning its iOS app and previewing a new update for Macs and desktop computers earlier this year, Microsoft has announced that its new Skype desktop software is launching today. The next-generation Skype desktop software is built to emulate the redesigned mobile application, which launched in June with an emphasis on media sharing and social networking features, although the iOS app's Snapchat-like "Highlights" feature isn't on Mac at this time.


    The new Skype Mac app connects across devices to the iOS app, and includes customizable themes, an organizable chat list, and cloud-based file sharing. A new "notification panel" lets users catch up on missed messages in one place -- including reactions, @mentions, and quotes -- and you can jump directly to these notifications by clicking on them.


    A new chat media gallery has been implemented as a place users can quickly find shared content including media, links, and files. Add-ins can also be introduced into each chat, ranging from GIF-based applications to event scheduling, sending money, video sharing, and more.


    When in a video chat or a text conversation, users can send reactions to express how they're feeling, and set status updates to let friends know when they aren't available. In total, Skype said that the goal for the new update is to help its users increase personal and professional productivity, while also unifying the Skype ecosystem across devices.

    To download the new features, Skype said that anyone with automatic updates enabled on Mac, Windows 10 November Update (2016) and lower, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Linux will receive the update as it begins rolling out today. To download it manually, users can visit

    Article Link: Skype Launches Redesigned Desktop App With Cross-Device Functionality Between iOS and macOS
  2. canadianreader macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2014
    It's an update I will not put on my computer the iOS version has already been a disaster. Will keep the old fashion version until it becomes obsolete.
  3. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    Skype was my go-to video conferencing platform for years. The other day, I deleted the Mac and iOS apps from my devices because I couldn't remember the last time I used Skype. There are so many better solutions out there these days. Microsoft drove the platform into the ground.
  4. Prabas macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2010
    Why would anyone willingly update Skype to this ugly interface?
  5. DCJ001 macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2007
    I am in complete agreement with you. I am still using the older version on my iPhone, and I will not update to the new version on my Mac.
  6. JonoH macrumors member


    Nov 11, 2013
    Abu Dhabi UAE
    So I thought id try this out... downloaded... doesn't even open on 10.13....
  7. canadianreader macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2014
    I made the mistake and updated my iOS version then I reverted back to the old version with and iTunes. I also locked Skype on my mac in case it autoupdates without my permission.
  8. Applebot1 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 4, 2014
    I’ve never used Skype as most people I know have iOS so FaceTime is my choice of video chat. Is Skype still as popular as it was?
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Those many better solutions these days being?
  10. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    I find Skype still indispensable for group video chat. It has the best cross-platform support still.
  11. scottcampbell macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2017
    Mainly for podcasting.
  12. rgeneral macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2012
    I stopped using Skype for a while now. There are so many other alternatives that are so much better that have cross platform support.
  13. mac1984user macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2009
    United Kingdom
    The new Skype for iOS is an overbaked horror. It is terribly slow, sometimes crashes and I often have to call twice before it connects to a landline or mobile without being muted (embarrassing depending on who the recipient of the call is). I’m on an iPhone 6, so I suppose I am just expected to accept this.
  14. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Such as?
  15. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    For personal video calls, I use a mix of FaceTime, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger. 100% of the people I communicate with are reachable via one or more of those platforms. For professional video calls, I primarily use FaceTime and GoToMeeting. GoToMeeting is not free, but it's been reliable for me for years and well worth the price I pay for it to collaborate with colleagues.
  16. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    That's why I distinctly mentioned group video chat. There isn't a better and more practical alternative for this right now.
  17. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger come to mind as far as free services are concerned. I also pay for GoToMeeting, and it's been invaluable for me professionally.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 30, 2017 ---
    I'm sorry, I was intending to reply to someone else when I quoted you originally.
  18. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    You don't build an app for desktop with the intention being to emulate a mobile experience. Clearly Microsoft has learned nothing from Windows 8, so I can only be glad I am a Mac user and Apple has the right approach...
  19. bobnugget macrumors regular

    Nov 15, 2006
    Kent, England
    If you go to the download page linked in the article and click the dropdown on the right you can get the good old "classic" client from this link:
  20. rgeneral macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2012
    There are so many. Free ones. What apps Facebook. Google
    Paid. Even more. Slack as an example.

    All those apps does a better job in syncing the messages across platform than Skype.
  21. garirry macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2013
    Canada is my city
    Discord is fantastic and just recently it's gotten video chat and screen sharing. I almost exclusively use it now, and I'm planning to ditch Skype for good very, very soon because of it.
  22. asumaran macrumors newbie


    Oct 30, 2017

    Zoom, Screenhero (now part of slack), Facetime, Fb Messenger, Hangouts
  23. macLifestyle, Oct 30, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017

    macLifestyle macrumors newbie


    Apr 19, 2012
    Kansas City
    Relaunch. It works the second time.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 30, 2017 ---
    Attempt a relaunch. It worked for us the second launch.
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    This is not available via an in app update for Mac users. When you go to the download page you must look to the bottom of the page and select “Skype Preview”. This is the 8.x.x version. The current release is still 7.x.x.
  24. skylamar macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2011
    The redesign of Skype is terrible. I agree with redheeler that changing a desktop app to emulate a mobile app is a bad approach and Microsoft should know better.

    I use Skype for Mac heavily. I pay for Skype Out, which lets me dial USA phone numbers. I pay for a Skype Number to receive incoming calls. I use both in conjunction with my Google Voice number. That arrangement helps me make calls without using my phone's minutes. And I own Ecamm's Call Recorder for Skype so I can record any important calls (or video chats).

    The redesign doesn't provide any benefits at all for me. It also won't allow me to access my Mac's contacts from within Skype, which I can do with the older version.

    So I've deleted the new version and I'll use the older one as long as it still works.
  25. ReidsArt macrumors newbie


    Nov 20, 2017
    Cape Town, South Africa
    I had always been happy with Skype and recommended it until a few months ago when the updates made it practically unusable.

    I mistakenly updated it on my phone first. It made changes that I did not want and that did not improve anything. It slowed down the service so much that I no longer use it on my phone.

    I have continued to use Skype on my macbook and was even talking to family last night. This morning I have a notice that I have been logged out until I install an update. This is a forced update and very annoying. Why break something that worked well?

    Some of the problems I have noticed with Skype include: problems accepting incoming calls; not notifying of incoming calls until they are missed, even when the app is open; useless color and sound changes; long load times; problems ending ongoing calls; etc. None of these issues existed until the recent "updates".

    I recently tried to Skype with my aunt and Skype had locked her out and would not send her a new password until she updated and got a different email account. As a result, we were unable to use the Skype service at all. After almost an hour on the phone trying to get connected on Skype, we gave up and used Zoom. I guess we will have to start using other services instead of the now broken Skype.

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