Skype is overhauling its desktop interface with new features and a refreshed design, bringing in a much needed change to the calling app. The company has rolled out Skype Preview for desktop users with features like enhanced group calls, new chat media gallery, @mentions, message reactions, and a new notification panel.
The Skype Preview app is available for Mac, Windows 10 November Update and lower, Windows 8, and Windows 7 users. Some of the features are already rolling out for users with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, however the full roster should arrive for everyone soon.
The new Skype Preview desktop version puts chats in the forefront, with group calls getting new features like real-time screen and photo sharing for more fun interaction. In group calls, there’s the new in-call live reactions feature that allows you to express with emojis, and there’s also the drag and drop feature for sharing media content with the members of the call. There’s a new notification panel that gives you all the updates of your friends and family, and the calls and messages you missed and received. You can also now quickly jump back into conversations where you were @mentioned to see how people reacted to what you’ve said, rather than scrolling through the whole long chat.