Popular communications app Skype has revealed a new mobile-inspired design for its Windows and Mac desktop apps.
Skype 7.0 is available for Mac OS X users to download, while the new Windows version is in Preview mode, meaning the changes aren’t ready to make it into the final version just yet.
The Microsoft-owned company says the app has been ‘redesigned for a richer chat experience,’ which now features thumbnails of the contact's profile photo. Just like the mobile apps, messages now appear in bubbles rather than the basic line-by-line design that featured in the previous version of the app.
The Mac version has also added the ability for users to be on video calls and chat at the same time with just a single click.
On its official blog the company wrote: "People love multi-tasking. Many of you already exchange IMs while on a live call today. With the new side-by-side design, you can effortlessly multi-task on a voice or video call. On Mac, it only takes one click. Share messages, photos or files for a more active conversation together, without ever leaving your call."
Group chat has also been improved, while photos sent between users will now be fully displayed inline within a conversation. File sharing has been boosted with with file types clearly represented by the icons.
You can update the Mac OS X app from within Skype now, while the Windows Preview version is available to try out here.