Skype for Metro leaks, we go hands on

Neowin has gotten a chance to play with the new Metro Modern UI app for Skype and put it through our initial gauntlet of test for usability and general stability. The app is still in preview state but is relatively solid for performance. We conducted several calls with one and multi-person chats with little issue.

The UI is fluid and dare we say fast too. The Skype team has done a good job at making the application finger friendly and so far, we have not had any crashes with the platform. 

Skype for the Modern UI handles all tasks quite well, with the chat interface being clean and simple to navigate which a nice departure from the previous UI that was not universally loved. Chatting via text is a pleasant experience as well too with text appearing large and easily distinguishable and there are alternating colored backgrounds for each person who is chatting.

During our time with the application, it did not crash a single time. In fact, when chatting via voice and text, the parties on the other end could not tell that we were using the preview app. Considering how well polished this application is, we fully expect that it will be released by Microsoft in the very near future. 

If you have any questions about the Skype Modern Ui app, let us know in the comments and we will do our best to answer them for you. 

Thanks for the tip Anon!

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- Kaboose - said,
oh yes, giant coloured tiles with giant text... now that's modern !!!

Ya cause who would be so STUPID to think this would look futuristic?

Oh wait...
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/...73168_8c051548f4_z.jpg?zz=1

http://imageshack.us/photo/my-...407/initiations058.jpg/sr=1

The StarTrek UI was based on traditional graphic design concepts and typography for efficient and dynamic information.

These are the same principles graphic designers and publishers have been using for over 100 years; however, for Star Trek they attempted to create a sense of usability and adhere to these basic principles in a way that would look futuristic.

The same principles of typographic and design Microsoft studied, except they aren't trying to make it look futuristic.

As for the post above, the Commadore 64 couldn't render or display ONE TILE on the Metro screen, unless there is a mod to the commodore 64 to display billions of colors and animate at 120fps with constantly updating information.

thenetavenger said,

As for the post above, the Commadore 64 couldn't render or display ONE TILE on the Metro screen, unless there is a mod to the commodore 64 to display billions of colors and animate at 120fps with constantly updating information.

Could that possibly be because the Commodore 64 is 30 frigging years old already?

ichi said,

Could that possibly be because the Commodore 64 is 30 frigging years old already?

The Commodore 64 was perfectly capable of doing exactly that. It just wasn't perfectly capable of doing it this week.

I hate how on the normal version, it's hard to know who's online and still have all your contacts show. The Mac version seems to be far, far, far superior to the normal Windows and Metro version.

Brian Miller said,
I hate how on the normal version, it's hard to know who's online and still have all your contacts show. The Mac version seems to be far, far, far superior to the normal Windows and Metro version.

I'll go with the Windows desktop version sucks, but it wasn't designed by Microsoft. The Metro version I don't know until I use it. It could be better or worse than it looks.

As for the Mac version, it makes sense to Mac users, but isn't a pinnacle of design by any means.

Two questions..

Where do I get it?
How does it work in the background? I know this has nothing in common with WP, but the messaging app is very unreliable when working in background (also in foreground).

Why dont you whiners just stick to the desktop version, im sure that's pretty enough for you. What a bunch of babies.

I know you have to blast it with your watermark and cover people ... but those screenshots are just a mess and not really possible to get a real feel for how it looks ... lol

is there any new about Skype if it will us make new Ids Name in the future or deleting UN used nick names for more years

is there any news about Skype if it will us make new Ids Name in the future or deleting UN used nick names for more years

All the wasted space and insanely large interface elements are pretty much a testament to how pointless full-screen apps are on larger displays.

good for mobile; embeded devices, smart tvs and tablets but for normal desktop and multiasking people this its not productive

I'm not really a big fan of all the black boxes everywhere, but otherwise it looks pretty nice, not too busy. Actually a little too simple.

GOOGLE PLUS HANGOUTS > SKYPE. Why pay to share screen with multiple people? Google hangouts does it for free, and better, and have you seen the pirate hat you can wear?

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