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.
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.