Skype 7 For Mac And New Skype Preview For Windows Use Cues From Mobile To Refocus On Chat

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Skype has introduced new versions of its desktop clients today, and these new apps represent a dramatic change for users of the previous versions. Skype 7 for Mac is now the primary stable version, and the new preview of Skype for Windows shares the same design language, for those who want to check it out before its general consumer release.

The Skype redesign won’t be completely shocking if you’ve been using Skype on mobile – all the design language here resembles what came to iPhone in Skype 5.0 in June, including chat bubbles in varying shades of soft blue, rounded contact avatars, better notifications – and a new emphasis on chat, which is increasingly important to Skype, even though it built its early success on VoIP and video communication.

Skype’s new look will definitely take some getting used to on the desktop, but once you grow accustomed to the big aesthetic…

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