Microsoft Announces Redesigned Skype App For iOS Devices

Microsoft today announced the redesign for Skype for iPhone. It has all the visual finish that iOS users expect, smooth animations and even a few features that aren’t just new for this version, but new to Skype altogether.

Microsoft said that Skype 5.0 for iPhone shares a consistent look and feel with the Windows Phone and Android apps, while still optimizing for iOS’s unique strengths.

  • Faster: You’ll notice the effort we’ve put into this overhaul as soon as you launch Skype 5.0 for iPhone. The new version is over 5 times faster than the old version.
  • Smoother: As you swipe from conversations through to your favorites and then back to your contacts lists, you’ll notice how smooth scrolling and transitioning from screen to screen is – with delightful little pops and animations punctuating them. All without degrading the performance and battery improvements we worked so hard to achieve.
  • More Integrated: Now, iPhone users can start group chats from the hub. And when you send messages or photos, it doesn’t matter if the recipient is offline. Everyone will see your message as soon as they are available again.
  • Smarter: We know our users are using Skype on multiple devices, and we want to make sure your Skype notifications keep pace with your conversations, no matter where they happen. Now, as you read your messages on your PC, tablet, Xbox and so on, those conversations will be marked as read (or unread if new messages come in) on your iPhone too.

App will be available for download later this week.


  • Sean D.

    And that is how you alienate your user base and make them begin to hate you.

  • Mike366

    Microsoft, WP8 users cannot send photos with the Skype app. Have you heard this?

  • Vương Vi-Nhuyễn – 王微軟

    They should make it to be competitive with WhatsApp/the Facebook, Viber, Kakao Talk, Etc. and put Windows Phone first. (–_–)

  • Hank B

    IDIOTS! #windowsphone

  • deathdealer351

    iPhone shares a consistent look and feel with the Windows Phone and Android app

    Maybe they added suckage in.. Features that will crash

  • Sandeep

    This is pathetic. Microsoft start focusing on Windows phone or you’re just going to lose everyone

  • dgr_874

    And that’s why I’m done with windows phone after giving it the old college try for 18 months. Why use a windows phone when you can use all their services AND have access to all the best on ios and android?

    • benjitek

      Too many cooks in the kitchen when it comes to WindowsPhone. First, they let the mobility market pass on by, then they had to many departments involved and it just went downhill. It does however continue to be the preferred OS of proud clowns everywhere:

  • ne0cr0n

    The new IPhone app looks a lot like a Windows Phone app. PivotControl, ApplicationBar, Camera roll, .. I Like that 😀

  • XXX

    Is Microsoft killing their Windows phone Platform?

    • WPhan

      Pretty much died on its own, like Zune before. Hardware is just not Microsoft’s strength.

      • dennan4

        windows phone is not hardware…

  • whatup12

    MSFT, can we initiate group calls from windows phone app–please!