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Microsoft launches Skype v8 on the web in preview form

Microsoft first announced Skype for Web back in 2015, but now the service is receiving an overhaul. Available in preview form, the new Skype for Web is going to look like the new Skype v8 desktop and mobile clients, complete with different color options and a dark theme. If you head over to Skype for Web now, you'll see that it's still using the Skype v7 design.

The company says that Skype for Web Preview has the following features:

  • HD Video Calling: Experience HD in one to one or group video calling - now with call reactions.

  • Call Recording: Capture those special moments in a Skype call with your loved ones or record important meetings with colleagues.

  • Notifications Panel: Grab a cup of coffee and catch up on what you've missed by clicking the bell icon to access your notification panel. From this central place you'll see reactions to your messages, @mentions in group conversations, or if someone quoted you. Jump to the conversation by clicking the message in the notification panel.

  • Chat Media Gallery: Looking for the link your bestie sent a few weeks ago? Quickly find shared content in the chat gallery. Just click Gallery to see media, links and files - you can even sort by type!

  • Find within Conversations: You can now easily find messages in the current conversation.

Microsoft doesn't say much on its FAQ page. In order to use the preview, you'll need to use Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome, and you'll need to be on either Windows 10, or macOS 10.12 or higher. To leave feedback, you can post in the Microsoft community.

If you want to try out the Skype for Web preview, you can find it here. The old one is still available at web.skype.com.

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