Skype Releases New Version with iOS 7 Theme

Skype has now released a new version of their popular calling/videoconferencing/chat app, giving it a new look and feel in keeping with the design of the new iOS 7 software. A post on the Skype blog also outlines new features that enhance accessibility:

• Improved accessibility of dial pad with touch type support

• VoiceOver announces the sender's name when messaging

• VoiceOver improvements for group chats

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In a separate post, Skype also announced last week other forthcoming changes that will improve the user experience. These include battery conservation and synchronized messaging. Here's how they'll improve battery life: "Our cloud will help preserve your device’s battery by enabling the mobile Skype app to stay in “sleep” mode until you need it through the use of push notifications."

They also say that a new feature will synchronize all of your chats across devices: "we are working to synchronize chat message status across all of your devices so you will know the current status of all of your chats on every device you use to interact with Skype." So if you begin a Skype chat on your home computer, you can continue it on your iPhone.

They'll also synchronize your missed calls. Here's how they describe it: "If you are away from your device, your ‘missed calls’ will be synchronized across all of your devices helping you avoid missing that important message."

The bottom line is that when Skype was born 10 years ago, it was created to be used on personal computers. But now we live in a mobile world, and people have multiple devices. So Skype has been developing cloud-based features so that Skype works seamlessly across all your devices.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.