On Monday, Microsoft announced an all-new redesigned Skype application for iOS, which will be dubbed version 5.0 upon its release. The company teased some screenshots of the new application, and even a new teaser video to go along with it.
Above, you can see the major changes in the user interface that make the application more unique. At the bottom are two tabs – one for dialing and one for chatting. You'll also find yourself with a list of contacts, which you can sort through by recents, favorites, and more. Animations have been re-done, as well as a number of new features added.
Skype 5.0 comes with all of the features you love, including chatting, video chatting, calling, file sharing, and more. You can watch the video teaser below:
Some the changes to look forward to include:
- Faster: You’ll notice the effort we’ve put into this overhaul as soon as you launch Skype 5.0 for iPhone. The new version is over 5 times faster than the old version.
- Smoother: As you swipe from conversations through to your favorites and then back to your contacts lists, you’ll notice how smooth scrolling and transitioning from screen to screen is – with delightful little pops and animations punctuating them. All without degrading the performance and battery improvements we worked so hard to achieve.
- More Integrated: Now, iPhone users can start group chats from the hub. And when you send messages or photos, it doesn’t matter if the recipient is offline. Everyone will see your message as soon as they are available again.
- Smarter: We know our users are using Skype on multiple devices, and we want to make sure your Skype notifications keep pace with your conversations, no matter where they happen. Now, as you read your messages on your PC, tablet, Xbox and so on, those conversations will be marked as read (or unread if new messages come in) on your iPhone too.