40 comments

  • Joshua TurnerJoshua Turner, over 2 years ago

    I can't help but think this is a rather large mistake. I never pictured Skype trying to take on Snapchat, I always viewed it as a business communication tool.

    41 points
  • Joe Baker, over 2 years ago

    Random gradients, random gradients everywhere.

    Just feels like they cloned all the other social/messaging apps and completely threw away their own branding.

    20 points
    • Nic TrentNic Trent, over 2 years ago

      I couldn't really read all the new stuff because I could't stop looking at all the parallax and animations. Didn't mind the gradients so much though.

      3 points
  • James Young, over 2 years ago

    When in doubt .. ADD STORIES TO ALL THE THINGS!

    13 points
  • Raffaello SanzioRaffaello Sanzio, over 2 years ago

    Snapchat changed the game. I don't know if that's good or bad, but they did.

    6 points
  • Christoph OChristoph O, over 2 years ago

    Good to see they are changing things up. Skype has felt stale for a long time with the only thing going for itself being it's reliability. Let's hope this breathes some fresh air into it.

    5 points
  • Matthew BlodeMatthew Blode, over 2 years ago

    "WE ARE TRENDY!"

    5 points
  • Account deleted over 2 years ago

    This is the worst update/rebranding I've seen in ages.

    4 points
  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, over 2 years ago

    Anyone else feel like the keming on the headers is a bit small?

    3 points
  • Drew GlieverDrew Gliever, over 2 years ago

    I like this direction - Skype definitely started as a way to keep in touch with family and friends, and is for sure used in business communication, but I think hangouts dominates that space with Gcal integration.

    While I definitely wouldn't use it, I definitely empathize with them attempting to enter the whole "stories" thing. A lot of people jumped ship from Snapchat in favor of Instagram, and you might see the same thing here. Even if not, the focus on mobile is pretty cool.

    3 points
  • Matt WalkerMatt Walker, over 2 years ago

    Reminds me of that scene in Mean Girls "I'm not like a regular mom, I'm a cool mom." where in this case Skype is trying to be the cool mom.

    2 points
  • Yitong ZhangYitong Zhang, over 2 years ago

    Anybody know who did the website work? Was it made in house? Because product-aside, this is a really solid marketing page.

    2 points
  • Andy MerskinAndy Merskin, over 2 years ago

    Meanwhile, Skype for Business 2017 is the buggiest piece of crap I've ever used for a chat app.

    1 point
  • Renee PRenee P, over 2 years ago

    I'm curious to know, does anyone actually use Skype in that way? - like keep it open all day and chat with people on it? I only ever open Skype when I've organised a phone call with my parents lol.

    1 point
    • Mick NMick N, over 2 years ago

      That's probably the core issue that they've identified (mainly only used for scheduled calls/meeting) and this is their way of getting users to engage with the product more frequently.

      0 points
      • Renee PRenee P, over 2 years ago

        Yeah good point. I personally find the idea of yet another messaging app that begs for people's regular attention utterly exhausting, but hey what can ya do, people wanna make their money right? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

        1 point
  • Pedro PintoPedro Pinto, over 2 years ago

    Stories everywhere. i'm curious to see if this is going to have any effect in Snapchat, Messenger and Whatsapp DAU

    1 point
  • Sacha GreifSacha Greif, over 2 years ago

    I always thought Skype had terrible UX. I regularly Skype with my parents, but they still have a hard time doing simple things like viewing a photo I send them just because everything's hidden away behind unlabeled icons. Hopefully the new version fixes some of those issues.

    1 point
  • Josh Sanders, over 2 years ago

    skype board meeting...

    Q: "so everyone, how do we stay relevant with all these social media platforms digging in to our customer base?"

    A: "ADD GRADIENTS, GIFS, AND STORIES EVERYWHERE!!"

    ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    1 point
  • Bruno AbattiBruno Abatti, over 2 years ago

    trendy af

    1 point
  • Martin KMartin K, over 2 years ago

    I'll stick with Discord for now.

    0 points
  • A B, over 2 years ago

    No emergency calls with Skype?!!

    Well, damn, Skype would for sure be the first thing I'd reach for if I had blood spraying everywhere.

    I'll just use Snapchat instead, yo.

    0 points
  • John PJohn P, over 2 years ago

    No matter how fast your machine gets Skype always manages to feel the same speed because every few years they refresh the UI and the processor use skyrockets.

    Used 100% of the CPU of my PPC machine back in the day, uses 100% of the CPU of my 4ghz Intel today.

    0 points
    • Mick NMick N, over 2 years ago

      I just fired up Skype out of interest, currently using 0.3% of CPU & 60.5MB RAM. NFI how your Skype could be using that much resource?

      0 points
  • Ricky SynnotRicky Synnot, over 2 years ago

    I'm seeing parts of Facebook (5xemoji bar), snapchat, and a strong reference to the Apple Music UI, especially on the desktop screens at the bottom. Orange purple gradients are a bit too much too, a bit like the design brief was 'win the trust of the kids like these other brands do!'. I like the swirly zig zag cut off though. Hopefully as much time has been put into the IA and Nav structure, accessibility, as their effort to be noticed in this saturated space.

    0 points
  • Thomas Michael SemmlerThomas Michael Semmler, over 2 years ago

    I see all the right things have already been said. Then the only thing I have to left, is to say that this is a very predictable, very bad move. As always. I don't remember any update to skype that was not bad for everyone using it.

    0 points
  • Kim GoulbourneKim Goulbourne, over 2 years ago

    Product aside...we're just going to pretend this hero section is not a disaster and so are the shadows on those header links? Got it. Wont mention it...

    0 points