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The ‘next generation of Skype’ looks a lot like Snapchat

Introducing the next generation of Skype

The new Skype will help users seamlessly create, play, share, and do more with the people they care about most, according to the company.
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The new Skype will help users seamlessly create, play, share, and do more with the people they care about most, according to the company.

Skype announced it’s getting a pretty severe facelift this week, and the updates are similar to every other millennial-friendly chat service — in that they look like they were ripped straight from Snapchat.

Skype, the Microsoft-owned chat service that some credit with pioneering “modern video conferencing and instant messaging,” is following in the steps of Instagram and Facebook’s Messenger to add what it calls Capture and Highlights to its chats.

Capture lets users take pictures or video and then add stickers, text or annotations to the quick message before sending it to individuals or group chats. Highlights lets Skype users post their captured photos and videos into a very Snapchat-like story stream that contacts can then view and react to.

The new Skype app is also adding Find. Find lets users search inside their chats to find images, restaurants and add-ins for conversations from third-party services such as YouTube or Giphy.

If you’re afraid of change, don’t worry, Skype still offers international calling and multiperson video chats. That and the new updates will be rolling out somewhat slowly, beginning with Android devices. iPhones should see updates within a month. Meanwhile, Mac computers, Windows machines and tablets probably will see the updates over the next few months.

Leah Becerra: 816-234-4097, @LeahBecerra

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