Microsoft today launched Skype for Mac 7.0 and also unveiled a preview for the new Skype for Windows. The company says that both desktop clients have been redesigned in order to make it easier for users to chat and share with their contacts. Those who have already been using Skype on mobile will recognize some of the changes that have been made to the desktop clients. The aim was to make the user experience consistent across both mobile and desktop.


On desktop users will now see thumbnail pictures of their contacts, consistent icons for chat, video and audio calls and a new “bubble style” chat design. There’s additional spacing between contacts and chats, making it easier for users to follow conversations.

Multi-tasking gets a huge improvement in Skype for desktop. The new side-by-side design now allows users to multi-task even when they’re on a video or voice call, share photos and files without ever having to leave the call. Skype had already announced free group video calls for desktop clients and now they’re claimed to work better than ever before on the new and improved Skype for Windows and Mac.

Skype for Mac 7.0 is available for download right away and so is the new preview for Windows desktop.

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