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The long-awaited Skype desktop app is here for the entire world to download. Well almost everyone. Skype announced on their blog

“The Skype for desktop Preview and the next generation of Skype for mobile improved the way you connect with your contacts and added expanded capabilities such as personalized themes, chat list, and @mentions to the Skype experience. The Skype desktop app—now out of preview and rolling out today—brings all these exciting new improvements and features to your desktop. It’s all built on brand-new technology that scales to billions of people on a reliable platform.”

The new Skype allows for you to use the same Skype on mobile and on the desktop makes for a more unified experience. New feature include

  • Customization themes
  • Better organize chat lists
  • Share cloud-based, files, photos, and videos
  • Send files via dragging and dropping files up to 300 MB over
  • Skype uses less battery power now that it’s in the cloud.
  • Added Cross-device functionality
  • Added Notification panel
  • Chat media gallery
  • Conversation fun with Reactions and @mentions
  • Status updates are back
  • Bots are back

But the update is not for everyone if you read further on post

“Windows 10 November Update (2016) and lower, Windows 8, Windows 7, or Linux and have automatic updates enabled, the update will be delivered to you when it’s ready. If you would like to get the update manually, you can download and install the new version at Skype.com. Windows 10 users will receive an update shortly to add the new features.”

For a small number of user, you will need to wait but great things are sometimes worth waiting to get in tech.

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