Skype updated on Windows 10 for all, brings new emoji reaction features, more

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft today is rolling out an update for the Skype app on Windows 10. Several features seen in this latest update were previously tested with Windows Insiders, but they should now slowly be making their way to all Windows 10 PCs and phones, though we’re not seeing it on our devices just yet.

The first of the new features is the new message reactions. As seen in the image below, you can now tap the reaction icon next to any message or video call to easily express how you’re feeling. Second is the option to share, photos, videos, and images directly to Skype. To access this sharing feature, you can press on the Windows share charm and then choose “Skype.”

More notably, the last of the new features is the option to get to your calls and conversations faster.  The hamburger menu is no more, and according to the Skype team, you can now “start new conversations, see your profile and visit the dial pad from the top of your recent conversations.”

Skype emoji reactions

Microsoft is hard at work to improve the Skype experience. Just yesterday, the Skype team penned a blog post to explain that future versions of the app all will be built together with the community. This comes after many users took to the iOS and Android app stores to complain that the new version of the app is “the worst.”

Again, if you’re a Windows Insider on the Release Preview Ring, you’re already running the latest version of the Skype app, which is 11.19.820. If you’re not, and you’re a standard Windows 10 user, you should soon be seeing this update in the Windows Store.

Developer: Skype
Price: Free