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Skype Preview gets rich-text pasting and revamped Channels

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Microsoft has a new Skype update for you to try. Those enrolled in the Skype Insider program can download version 8.116, which includes revamped Skype Channels and rich-text pasting on Android.

Skype Preview on Android now lets you paste text and retain its formatting, such as bolt, italic, strikethrough, and code. This change will help you preserve formatting and avoid wasting time re-applying it.

Another change in Skype 8.116 is Channels 2.0 (a built-in news feed powered by Microsoft News with over 3,500 news providers). Here are the new features it includes:

  • Channels Store: Dive into a curated selection of channels and find your next favorite community.
  • Seamless Transition: Experience the switch to a more robust backend, designed for live broadcasting to all subscribers, bringing the latest stories to your fingertips.
  • Channels Preview: Peek at channel content before deciding to follow.
  • Channel Profile: View detailed profiles of channels to learn more at a glance.
  • Follow/Unfollow: Seamlessly join channels that pique your interest and leave those that no longer do.
  • Effortless Unsubscribe: Leaving a channel is just a click away, with options to explore new ones in our enhanced Store.
  • Manage Channels: Full control over your channel preferences and notifications.
  • Chat List Header Update: A refreshed look for a more intuitive user interface.
  • First Experience Refined: Select and subscribe to your preferred channels with our friendly first-run experience.
  • Article Sharing: Share and discuss articles right within your channels.
  • Default Mute: Dive into your content without the distraction of notifications unless you opt-in.
  • Report a Concern: Easily report content or concerns to keep the community safe.

Finally, Skype 8.116 has fixed the bug that was causing a persistent spinner in chats.

You can download the latest Skype Insider update from the official website. The program is available on Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android.

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