Microsoft will be rolling out a big update to its Skype video conferencing platform. The latest version v8.0 for desktop will replace the current Skype Classic 7.0. The platform will be updated on September 1.
Skype 8.0 will come with a host of new features such as free HD video and group calls that could bring together over 24 people at once. The latest update also brings message reactions, “@mentions” to send individual notifications in a group chat, a chat media gallery and an option to share up to 300MB of pictures and videos at a time over Skype.
“We built Skype version 8.0 based on feedback from our community, adding exciting new features while ensuring it is simple to use with the same familiar interface of Skype version 7.0,” said the post.
The video-and-voice platform plans to roll out additional features later which would include read receipts, end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls and text messages with hidden notifications, Cloud-based video call recordings with notification for everyone present during the call, profile invites and more.
Skype version 8.0 will also roll out on iPads.