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Skype has put on a new look across its desktop apps for
Windows, Mac, and Linux. This latest design is to correspond with that of
mobile apps which was recently redesigned too.

The latest version of Skype for desktop has been in a developing
state for sometimes before yesterday. It’s now available for every single user
out there. It comes with customizable themes and a chat list that can be
organized by time, unread, or your contacts’ status. You can also Pin people or
groups in front and center. You can use a standard or compact view and collapse
the chat list to focus more on the conversations.
Skype is now lets you send files up to 300MB in size by just
dragging and dropping, and it should use less battery power because it’s
cloud-based.

Reactions allow you to easily let people know how anything
makes you feel, while @mentions make it easy to get someone’s attention in a
group chat. Status updates are back, and bots should help you make plans and
stay informed.
The bell icon lets you access the notification panel which
will show you what you’ve missed – reactions to your messages, @mentions in
group conversations, or if someone quoted you. The chat gallery is there for
quickly finding media, links, and files that have been sent in any specific
chat.

Skype for Windows 10 will be updated “shortly”
with the new features. If you are using Skype on Mac, Windows 10 November
Update (2016) and lower, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Linux and you have automatic
updates enabled, you will receive the new version “when it’s ready”.
Alternatively, you can go to skype.com and manually download and install this
iteration.

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