Skype is a well-known name in the field of instant messaging with great focus on its video calling features. Microsoft, the owners of Skype, has decided to bring major overhaul to their client in order to compete with other emerging players in the market.

We have seen WhatsApp introducing new features to its iPhone version with no clue for Android users but Skype has decided to bring new features to all the platforms. This step will help Skype in maintaining its identity and the ultimate reach to the younger audience; fond of Snapchat and Instagram etc.

The fresh update is one of the more remarkable ones brought by Microsoft since its buying of the service for $8.5 billion in 2011. The deal may not have gone as expected since then, but the company seems to be energized once again and has taken another shot at rivals with this update.

Skype New Features

The main emphasis seems to be again on the messaging aspect of the service. You can easily divide the app across three broad categories: Find, Chat and Capture.

The first one allows users to search within messages; find an attachment (online) and places or events near you. The new feature will make it easier to share almost everything.


Then comes the chat feature that will allow users to converse with friends, with the usual features like emojis and voice messages to boot.


However, the most remarkable change here is the capture part of the app, which brings up the camera to take photos and videos via a swipe from chat. Taking a page from Snapchat’s book, Skype is adding videos which expire within seven days of being shared.


Highlights is another feature in the camera, which brings a montage of sorts and displays the activity of a user in the past day.

Coming Soon to Pakistan

Microsoft has already rolled out new update to the consumer version on Android  and iOS devices, with desktop users set to be covered later.

Currently the update is unavailable in Pakistan.