Microsoft now rolling out Skype version 8 to more users along with several improvements

Back in July, Microsoft announced that it will discontinue Skype classic app from September 1, 2018. Microsoft’s plan was to roll out an updated version of Skype (version 8.0) for desktop that will replace Skype version 7.0 (Skype classic). Based on the customer feedback, Microsoft later announced that it will support Skype classic app beyond Sep 1st. Since then, Microsoft was working on several improvements for Skype 8 based on the complaints from users.

Today, Microsoft announced that it is rolling out Skype version 8 to more number of users along with following improvements:

  • Show Skype version on sign-in screen
  • Setting for a secondary ringing device
  • Advanced webcam settings
  • Separate Skype volume control on Mac
  • Setting for incoming call notifications for Do Not Disturb mode
  • Mute and remove participants in a group call
  • Find within current conversation
  • Setting to change text size on desktop
  • Global conversation search shows more than 20 results
  • Setting to customize “Enter” or “Return” to send message or add a line
  • Save-as for audio files like mp3
  • Hide conversations from chat list
  • Setting to disable link previews
  • Setting to open links in external browser (mobile)
  • Drag and drop file sharing
  • Setting for allowing Skype to Skype calls only from contacts
  • Improved availability status on desktop (idle state detection logic)
  • And: Add phone number as a contact (and edit)
  • Global people search shows more than 20 results
  • Split window view (UWP RN)
  • Fixed copy-paste to dialpad (UWP RN)

Microsoft also revealed that it is working on “more compact mode” and more.

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