Microsoft will soon be launching a completely redesigned Skype for iPhone app that is five times faster and more responsive than its existing app, the company announced Monday.
Skype 5.0 also includes improved group chatting, better navigation and notification syncing across devices.
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The latest version of Skype features smoother scrolling and simplified navigation that makes it easier to swipe between your conversations, contacts list and favorites. The app’s group chatting features have also been enhanced to make group conversations easier to initiate. What’s more, messages and photos sent to offline users will be saved until they come back online.
Skype said the redesign was aimed at making its iOS user experience more similar to the Windows Phone and Android apps, “while still optimizing for iOS’s unique strengths.”
“We took the opportunity to rewrite this new version from the ground up, and customize it to fit iOS best,” the company wrote in a blog post. “The new Skype for iPhone is redesigned to put your conversation at the center of a faster, smoother and far more integrated experience.”
The update also improves the syncing of notifications between devices. Read a new message on Skype’s PC, Xbox, or tablet app, and it will be automatically marked as read on the iPhone app.
Skype 5.0 is set to roll out to iPhone users next week. The company added that a new iPad app is also in the works.