Microsoft overhauls Skype to take on Snapchat, iMessage

By Bloomberg News , June 4 2017
Microsoft overhauls Skype to take on Snapchat, iMessage

Microsoft's Skype helped pioneer modern video conferencing and instant messaging. But its power has taken a backseat in recent years to the convenience of communicating via nearly ubiquitous social networking applications like Snapchat and Apple's iMessage.

To stay afloat, Skype announced an end-to-end overhaul of the service Thursday – with iMessage and Snapchat in its sights.

The new app has Skype’s standard instant messaging service, international dialing, and multiperson video calling, but it adds integration with third-party services like YouTube, simpler photo sharing, and revamped group chatting with an interface similar to Skype-owned GroupMe.

The photo-sharing view looks similar to Snapchat and allows users to draw over their pictures and share them into a Snapchat Stories-like panel called Highlights.

Within chats, users can integrate weather or image apps with previews similar to the latest version of iMessage on iPhones. For the new Skype, Microsoft is rolling out chat bots, including one called Scoop, that can inject breaking news headlines into conversations.

The new Skype will be gradually released, starting out in Android devices. A new version for the iPhone will be released in about a month, Skype said. Versions for the Mac, Windows PCs, and tablets will come later.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Dec 2011

Total posts 93

What would be great is for Skype to be compatible with Facetime.

And yes I know that their are Apps that do it.

I'm always surprised how VOIP using Whatsapp is always more superior to Skype. 

American Airlines - AAdvantage

13 Jul 2015

Total posts 246

I've had terrible experiences with whatsapp - so not sure I agree there. It is easier though to fire it up and call, I'll give you that. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 Sep 2011

Total posts 85

I'm afraid this is a "why bother?" issue. I use iMessage by default which means that some of my traffic is via SMS if the recipient doesn't have an iPhone. As for Line, WhatsApp and all the others - who cares? Too much complexity. Everyone - literally everyone - can get an SMS or an iMessage (SMS assumes I know the phone number they're currently using)


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