Microsoft Brings Instant Message Formatting Options With Latest Skype For Mac 7.0 And Preview Of Skype For Windows Desktop

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Microsoft last week announced the release of an update to Skype for Mac and a preview of Skype for Windows desktop that is built to make it easier to chat and share. If you already using Skype on mobile, you’ll recognize that this desktop redesign is inspired from it. You can see thumbnail pictures of your contacts, a new bubble-style chat design, and consistent icons for chat, video calls and audio calls.

One of the main feature that Microsoft didn’t highlight last week was instant message formatting. With this new chat experience you can now also use some light formatting for your friends to see in your messages.

  • Sometimes you have a message that you just can’t emphasize enough. Now, by putting *asterisks* around the words you want to point out, you can do exactly that.
  • Italics can be used for emphasis as well, but I like to use them for messages with double meanings. Now you’ll be able to use them in your instant messages by putting _underscores_ around your text.
  • Just because you need to wrap the word {code}around monospaced words doesn’t mean that only developers can use this formatting to show off how they pass their variables. Whether you want to use it to express your inner thoughts, or just because courier is kinda cool and minimal, it’s now another item in your instant messaging toolbox.
  • You know how they always say sarcasm doesn’t travel well over the internet? Using strikethrough formatting in your instant messages could put an end to that. Or, if you have to update a message you already sent, it’s useful for showing people what changed quickly.

Source: Skype blog

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