Skype U-turns on Snapchat-like features

The Skype messenger app has come in for criticism from its core users.Microsoft has announced it will remove a number of Snapchat-like features from its Skype messenger service. Microsoft is redesigning Skype’s interface for both mobile and desktop, eliminating the less used features on the app and simplyfying its core functions like voice calling, video chatting and messaging.The redesign concentrates on decluttering the mobile app interface and shifting chats, calls, contacts and notifications options to the top left of the window, providing a central navigation point for desktop users.

The software giant updated Skype in June 2017 but now says many customers feel the increasingly complicated features get in the way of its core uses, messaging and making phone calls. Microsoft will reduce the navigation options from five to three by removing the camera and highlights buttons.

Skype design director Peter Skillman mentioned in a blog that this past year we explored some design changes and heard from customers that we overcomplicated some of our core scenarios.” Released in 2003, Skype was bought by Microsoft in 2011. But now, Facebook’s Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp as well as Telegram and Snapchat all provide similar features, with many copying ideas from one another.

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