Skype has announced a series of alterations to its mobile apps, which remove an emphasis on features that took the focus away from Skype’s core functionality. Specifically, it will place less attention on the Highlights feature, and also improve navigation.
Last year, Skype introduced Highlights as a Stories-style competitor, but it did not catch on.
In a blog post, Skype’s director of design, Peter Skillman explains:
“This past year we explored some design changes and heard from customers that we overcomplicated some of our core scenarios. Calling became harder to execute and Highlights didn’t resonate with a majority of users. We needed to take a step back and simplify.”
With the new design, Skype promises calling and messaging will be easier, and clutter will be removed from the interface. Highlights and Capture will both be removed, and Skype will let users download any created Highlights until September 30, 2018.
The desktop version of Skype will also have a slight redesign, after the design team, “looked at how people use Skype apps, performing extensive testing across global markets and building prototypes to test new concepts.”
Version 8.29 of Skype for Android and iOS should be available now.