Microsoft’s Skype is all-new again. Here’s the changelog

The most crucial component of Skype, which Microsoft refers to as the call stage, is receiving the majority of attention. The grid that appears during conversations will soon include everyone on a call whether or not they have video enabled.

Microsoft has also added new styles and layouts to this view, giving users even more customization options in Skype’s main calling interface.

The popular video calling service, which allows users to chat with their friends on Messenger, will also soon release new colorful designs. Users will be able to personalize the interface through button gradients and an improved side panel on mobile.

Although the design improvements are neat, there’s more to it than that. “While we enjoy the aesthetic changes, we knew they weren’t enough,” explains the Skype team in a blog post describing the modifications.

“We believe the Skype experience should be seamless, accessible, and dependable regardless of the browser or device you’re using, so we’re adding support for all browsers,” says the team from Skype.

The new features available right now include a fourth-party app that lets you control your robot vacuum from the iPhone. Some of these improvements are already live, while others will be rolled out in the coming months.

Microsoft is clearly investing a lot of energy into improving Skype.

Another redesign, albeit a modest one. Microsoft has been emphasizing Microsoft Teams in recent months, with efforts to entice customers into Teams.