Microsoft updates Skype for iPhone, iPad with iOS 7-themed interface

Microsoft's Skype subsidiary has released an updated version of its popular video-chatting app for iPhone and iPad, bringing an interface that matches Apple's recently released iOS 7 design.

In a blog post outlining the app's update, the Skype team says the new version brings the updated design as well as accessibility improvements and unspecified bug fixes. In terms of accessibility, the update adds improved dialpad with touchtype support and VoiceOver improvements, with the feature now announcing a sender's name when messaging. VoiceOver has also been improved for group chats, though the exact changes aren't revealed in the blog post.

The updated app supports all iPad versions as well as the iPhone 3GS, third-generation iPod touch and newer versions of each respective device; iOS 5.0 or newer is required for the update, however.

Skype recently announced text chat messages will soon be synced across devices regardless of operating system. Some users may already see their chat histories syncing across devices, as the feature is being rolled out during the next few months.

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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Are iPhone users allowed to set themselves Away or are they forced to choose between Online and Invisible like in the Android version now?

I'd like to know as well. You can set yourself to online or invisible with WP8. It'd be great if you could set it to away or do not disturb.

ka-la said,
On an ipad you can set away, busy and so on... Suppose same goes for iphone
Thanks for letting me know. The iPad and iPhone use the same version, I believe.

Now if you can just update Skype for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 would be great.

Last time I check the desktop version looks horrible.

That is true... however they managed to screw Windows Live Messenger to Skype transition and logging in is a pain.

Why should it work better on an Android than on Windows 8 ? I mean come on!!!!

BajiRav said,

Their UI sucks on pretty much all platforms.

All of Skype pretty much sucks on all platforms. It was a terrible piece of software and Microsoft should have re-written it from the ground on when they purchased it. The Windows (desktop) version is also STILL TERRIBLE. Pretty much all of Microsoft's programs are DPI-aware except Skype. On high DPI you can either have it pixel-stretch it which makes it look terrible (unless you're using 200% DPI scaling where it will just look normal) or you can force it to use larger sizes and that also looks terrible.

They have no way to sync message read status across devices! They're still working on implementing this into their servers and supposedly should be ready soon. It's really annoying having to mark messages read on my desktop, laptop, phone, and tablet.

And sometimes when you pick up a call on one device the others will keep ringing!

ka-la said,
Skype still lacks UI wise on iPad

dont you dare complain... it looks MUCH better than on wp and win8 which just looks like that fugly luna theme from xp

mrp04 said,
It was a terrible piece of software and Microsoft should have re-written it from the ground on when they purchased it.

They already owned a perfectly good product called Messenger. They should have just bought Skype for the name and rebranded Messenger as Skype. I still use Messenger on Windows Phone because it works more reliably. Skype is hardly ready for primetime on Windows 8 or Windows Phone, and with the Windows desktop app being written in Delphi (per Raphael Rivera), it was in dire need of replacement years ago. Hence why instead of re-inventing the wheel by re-engineering Skype from the ground up; they should have just used Messenger with its fully-functioning backend and modern client on all platforms. It was the perfect solution.

mrp04 said,

All of Skype pretty much sucks on all platforms. It was a terrible piece of software and Microsoft should have re-written it from the ground on when they purchased it. The Windows (desktop) version is also STILL TERRIBLE. Pretty much all of Microsoft's programs are DPI-aware except Skype. On high DPI you can either have it pixel-stretch it which makes it look terrible (unless you're using 200% DPI scaling where it will just look normal) or you can force it to use larger sizes and that also looks terrible.

They have no way to sync message read status across devices! They're still working on implementing this into their servers and supposedly should be ready soon. It's really annoying having to mark messages read on my desktop, laptop, phone, and tablet.

And sometimes when you pick up a call on one device the others will keep ringing!


As a Skype user on Windows, Windows Phone and iOS - I know exactly what you mean.

xpxp2002 said,

They already owned a perfectly good product called Messenger. They should have just bought Skype for the name and rebranded Messenger as Skype. I still use Messenger on Windows Phone because it works more reliably. Skype is hardly ready for primetime on Windows 8 or Windows Phone, and with the Windows desktop app being written in Delphi (per Raphael Rivera), it was in dire need of replacement years ago. Hence why instead of re-inventing the wheel by re-engineering Skype from the ground up; they should have just used Messenger with its fully-functioning backend and modern client on all platforms. It was the perfect solution.

Messenger was good for basic IM - it's AV conference features sucked big time and were highly unreliable.

Pluto is a Planet said,
Can anyone explain what about Skype for Desktop looks bad? Maybe it's just because I've used it for years, but I honestly see nothing wrong with the UI.

for a simple voip client it isnt tragic (however it is ugly) but if you think of it as a combined communications client for multiple contact sources (skype/messenger, facebook) and multiple communication forms (voice, video and im) then its simply a chaotic, not well organized client that lacks basic features

so the problem is skype's extended significance in the microsoft ecosystem - and for this significance the desktop clients UI is simply not enough (tbh the metro skype suffers the same problems)

Forjo said,
Always love seeing the best features of Microsoft software on competing platforms first.


...a UI update?
I mean, most of the time I agree, but seriously? They just updated it to match the UI of the host OS.

I think he is complaining most about how quick Microsoft updates their software on competing platforms. That's even worse if you think that there's no Apple or Google official software on Windows Phone

plur44 said,
I think he is complaining most about how quick Microsoft updates their software on competing platforms. That's even worse if you think that there's no Apple or Google official software on Windows Phone
Precisely! Siah was just a little hasty in his or her comment, I think

That said, I like how the iOS Skype UI more closely resembles WP and Win8 Skype UI now

Mulsivaas said,
Precisely! Siah was just a little hasty in his or her comment, I think

That said, I like how the iOS Skype UI more closely resembles WP and Win8 Skype UI now

I guess I fail to see how a "UI update" = "best features"? If you're complaining about the update cycle, you should probably mention that in your post, not a vague complaint about features.

siah1214 said,

...a UI update?
I mean, most of the time I agree, but seriously? They just updated it to match the UI of the host OS.

"the update adds improved dialpad with touchtype support and VoiceOver improvements, with the feature now announcing a sender's name when messaging. VoiceOver has also been improved for group chats, though the exact changes aren't revealed in the blog post."

I don't recall having voiceover support. Where do I tap for that?

Forjo said,

"the update adds improved dialpad with touchtype support and VoiceOver improvements, with the feature now announcing a sender's name when messaging. VoiceOver has also been improved for group chats, though the exact changes aren't revealed in the blog post."

I don't recall having voiceover support. Where do I tap for that?

Are you blind? Seriously, I'm not trying to be a dick or anything but are you blind? The "VoiceOver" is an iOS-specific feature for blind and vision-impaired people. It reads on-screen text aloud. It sucks that the WP8 version doesn't have it but it's not something the vast majority of people would care about.

You can learn more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VoiceOver

You might want to do a bit of research before complaining about a feature that isn't even present in WP8.

Sad how some must always resort to ad hominems.

Interesting how Tellme reads my texts to me even in WP7 -- and how Microsoft has touted the speech API capabilities in WP8.

Yet you suggest that reading on-screen text aloud is not a feature of WP8.

Forjo said,
Sad how some must always resort to ad hominems.

Interesting how Tellme reads my texts to me even in WP7 -- and how Microsoft has touted the speech API capabilities in WP8.

Yet you suggest that reading on-screen text aloud is not a feature of WP8.

What are you talking about? I didn't attack you in any way. The feature you brought up was intended for blind or vision-impaired people. I wasn't calling you blind.

The text-to-speech service you're talking about is available in WP8 but it isn't available in all countries. I'm guessing that's why apps haven't made use of it yet. And that's why I thought WP8 didn't have a similar feature. I'm a little surprised too because Canada gets most of the "good" features.

Anyway, the VoiceOver feature is built into iOS as well as OS X and it's available in most countries. I think it'd be great to have a feature like that in WP8 apps (like Skype) but the only thing we can do is request it and wait. Complaining about it in the comment section of Neowin isn't going to help.