Microsoft revamps Skype in a bid to do battle with iMessage

Skype's overhaul is coming to iPhone soon. Skype’s overhaul is coming to iPhone soon.
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Microsoft is rolling out a complete top-to-bottom overhaul
of Skype in an effort to do battle with the likes of iMessage
and Snapchat.

revamped service combines familiar Skype features like instant
messaging and international calling with third-party service
integration, improved group chat, and photo sharing with the
ability to add annotations and emoji stickers.

Skype is a popular platform — that’s why Microsoft splashed out
$8.5 billion six years ago — but it doesn’t have quite the same
appeal as services like Snapchat. It’s the primary choice for
voice and video calling for many of us, but we don’t use it for
much else.

Microsoft is hoping to change that with a fancy overhaul that
adds new features inspired by more popular platforms. It
incorporates everything you’ve come to expect from Skype,
alongside Snapchat Stories-style “Highlights” and greatly
improved photo sharing.

You can now draw on photos and apply
stickers before sending them or adding them to your Highlights
feed. And thanks to third-party services integration, you can
enjoy YouTube videos and other content within your instant
message conversations.

has also added chat bots like Scoop, which bring breaking news
headlines and more to your conversations much like Facebook


that Microsoft will be rolling out its new version of Skype
gradually, starting on Android. The iPhone version will be
available “in about a month,” while Windows, Mac, and tablet
updates will come later.


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