If you use Skype on your mobile device, you might be interested to learn that Microsoft has announced that the beta version of the app for iOS and Android will be getting some new features. One of those features is what Microsoft is calling “reactions”, which we guess is similar to the Facebook feature.


These reactions basically allow users to add emoticons to in-calls and messages. According to Microsoft, “In-call reactions: you can now add live emoticons, live text and even real-time photos to your video calls. We all know a picture speaks a thousand words, and now you can amp up those video calls, especially when you’re keeping pace with a busy group.”

In addition to in-call and message reactions, Microsoft has also introduced a “final panel” to the app. “Find panel: easily find and share links, news, sports results, restaurants, the weather, videos and more without leaving the app. No more switching back and forth between apps; we’re making it easy to bring the content you care about to the conversations that matter.”

Just to remind you guys, these features are only in the beta version of Skype for iOS and Android. This means that if you’re not part of the beta program then you won’t be seeing these new features until the final build is released, which at the moment we are unsure as to when that will be.

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