there are some significant changes in the works. That’s what comes later this year, with a focus on speed, reliability and design, as well as other improvements. First, video calls (in what Skype calls a “call stage”) get a visual change. New prospects and themes are on the way. You’ll be able to see yourself in the main view as you chat, though you can hide your feed if you prefer not to look at your face.
Video feeds are rearranged to the web to avoid redirecting people to a minimized view. Instead, everyone on the call, including those who don’t share the video, will be visible. You’ll also see larger video summaries in the top bar.
There are several options for viewing the call stage, including speaker display, network display, and a large gallery (which makes them all seem to be in the same space). You can also choose to just include people who share the video on the network or turn off the video stream altogether. Participants with sound only can use one of the applications during the call, instead of gray nothing.
More colorful themes with features including button tilts and avatar-free users are in preparation. Meanwhile, “the beauty of the left side panel screams art, balance and lightness,” says Skype, leaving perhaps Apple’s best impression.
Skype is also being redesigned, allowing people to join calls without registering or installing the app. Invitation links get a new look because the invitee will see the name and avatar of your invitation. The service says it will soon support all browsers as well.
In addition, Skype is working on performance. It claims to have improved performance “in key scenarios” by nearly a third in the PC app and by over 2000 percent on Android. New or on the go are also custom notification sounds and an updated reaction window that allows you to respond faster by searching or using pinned reactions.
Elsewhere, you can use Office Lens in the Skype mobile app to share scanned documents, photos and videos. A new feature called TwinCam will allow you to add a video feed from another device to your call. This could be handy if you want to show a pet or allow students to see your textbook and your face at the same time. Just scan the QR code with your iOS or Android device to get started.
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