Skype on desktop is about to get a major update and a word of warning – you are probably going to hate it.
Microsoft has announced that it plans to roll its newly designed version of Skype to desktop users.
The radical new design was introduced to the Skype mobile app on iOS and Android back in June but was met with fierce criticism from users.
Following the redesign there was an onslaught of negative reviews from disgruntled users.
On the App Store, Apple fans have given the update a rating of just 1.3 out of a possible 5, blasting the redesign for being “the worse update yet”.
On the Google Play Store, Android users, have flood the site with negative reviews.
One user wrote: “The new update is horrible, needs a serious reality check”.
“Just when Skype was starting to feel more reliable as a messaging service they have to go and make a major change, wrote another.
Another user hit out at Microsoft for creating what they described as a ‘Snapchat clone’:
“This new app is absolutely terrible. Skype is mostly used by people for professional use or for connecting with friends far away. This looks as far from simple and professional as it can be. Skype does NOT need to be Snapchat. This update will make people search for alternative apps”.
The new desktop version is currently being tested on Skype Preview and for now is only available on Mac and “non-Windows 10 PCs”.
While the new update carries much of the same features recently introduced to the mobile apps, Microsoft says the new version has been “specifically designed with desktop in mind.”
The new update brings with it a bright new theme and flashes of colour all over the screen.
Microsoft says the features such as @mentions, message reactions and a notification panel have been added to the new version.
However, it is worth pointing out that these features sound identical to the ones that users were so unhappy about when they were introduced on the mobile version.
Microsoft says that it has already started testing the new version for Windows 10 but the desktop preview isn’t ready yet.
There is no official word yet when the redesigned version will be officially rolled out to desktop users on Mac and Windows.
Microsoft stresses that the preview it just released is far from the finished version and still needs some work.
With that being said, it sounds like most, if not all of the controversial changes introduced on mobile will now also be coming to desktop.
It will be interesting to see the reaction of users once the changes are fully integrated into the desktop version.