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Skype has increasingly been feeling like a stepchild at Microsoft, with nearly every messaging app now offering VOIP and its features being subsumed by other products such as Microsoft Teams, and because changes in its design and features have caused a massive user revolt.
The last is, however, a sign that Microsoft is investing in the service, and Microsoft did respond rapidly to the protest with new themes and better performance.
Some encouraging news for Microsoft should be that the venerable application has now hit 1 billion downloads on Google Play, suggesting the service still has a quite large and growing user base.
While the service’s growth is not very clear, we know it hit 500 million around 2 years ago, and hit 1 billion in the last week.
Hopefully, Microsoft will keep up investment in the service, and who knows, maybe it was the Stories feature which put the service over the top after all.
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