Microsoft today announced availability of Skype Preview for Mac and non-Windows 10 PC users, highlighting some of the features recently launched in Skype for iPhone that are coming soon to its desktop apps for Mac and Windows computers. 

Featuring bolder Apple Music-like headings throughout the interface, a new notification panel, a media gallery and enhanced group calls with support for in-call reactions and real-time screen and photo sharing, this is Microsoft’s attempt to tidy up Skype’s interface on desktop.

The following features are available in Skype Preview:

  • @mentions, message reactions and a new notification panel—Stay on top of your day with help from the notification panel. Quickly jump back into conversations where you were @mentioned to see how people reacted to what you’ve said.
  • New chat media gallery—Finding shared content, such as links, documents or media, in a chat has never been easier with the chat gallery.
  • Enhanced group calls—Customize your group call experience with drag and drop ease. Say it with an emoji using our new in-call reactions, too.

Available from Skype Insider, the app installs alongside Skype classic so that you can easily switch back if needed, but avoid running them both at once so that you don’t get duplicate notifications for messages or calls.

Some of these features began rolling out today to Skype for Windows 10.

Grab Skype Preview for non-Windows 10 PCs and Macs today from Skype Insider.

  • CAIO MARIOZ

    I hope they will publish it on the Mac App Store, like OneNote and OneDrive.

  • Diego Milano

    I love changes to Windows applications, even though I personally believe they ruined the iOS app massively in the latest iteration.

    • jabohn

      Agreed! The iOS app is terrible now!

    • Abhinav Chaudhary

      App Admin

      • Diego Milano

        Nah, I still prefer to be in the latest amid the mediocrity.