Exclusive: First look at Microsoft’s upcoming Skype UWP app for Windows 10

2016-03-26

Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed that the company is working on a new Skype Universal Windows App for Windows 10 PCs. The company is planning to release the new app to Insiders in one of the upcoming Redstone builds. Today, we got to try out the new Skype UWP app for Windows 10 PC as well as Mobile (but it will be coming to Mobile later for Insiders). So how is it?

Well, it’s definitely better than the current Messaging + Skype app on Windows 10. You can send mojis, get push notifications, call someone, and use the basic Skype features (including Skype commands). Here are some screenshots:

The app does have some rough edges, but these will hopefully get polished before the public release. It is worth noting that the Mobile app is quite laggy at the moment, which is probably why Microsoft won’t be pushing it to Insiders anytime soon. Microsoft will possibly show off this app at Build 2016, which is happening next week. Until then, let us know what you think of the new Skype UWP in the comment section below.

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