02 July 2020
Microsoft is unifying the two apps - Skype for Windows 10 and Skype for Desktop. The move will help Microsoft to build a consistent experience as it will not require to feed updates or other improvements to different versions at the same time.
To the initiated ones, Skype comes in two different versions on Windows 10 - one which you can get as a desktop app by installing it from the official website and the other version is a Microsoft Store app that comes pre-installed on Windows 10 laptops. The two apps look the same but their functionality differs as the latter one has tighter integration with the Windows 10 OS. But, now Microsoft has announced that it is unifying the two apps and the move includes replacing the Store app with the desktop app so as to offer the exact same thing you'd get with the desktop version.
This means Microsoft is reimplementing the Store app (React-Native app) as an Electron app. This shift will eradicate a couple of interesting features as the OS-level integration is now gone. These include Share integration and Outlook contact synchronization.
But the unification does not mean that Microsoft is going to release a single app now. Users will still be able to install the Skype app from two different sources. It is just that Microsoft is bringing uniformity so that the users could get the same experience from wherever they are.
A Skype support document notes,
“This lets us give the newest updates and improvements regardless of where you get Skype, from the Microsoft Store or from skype.com.”
Alongside the new announcement, Microsoft also provided information on new updates coming to the latest versions of Skype for Windows 10 and Skype.
The new features’ set includes –
- Updated close options so you can quit Skype or stop it from starting automatically
- Improved Tray icon, informing you about new messages and presence status
- Share files directly from your File Explorer
- 9 videos in a video call
- Background Replacement
- Moderated Chats
- Meet Now Improvements
- Improved Call Controls