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Skype for iOS gets Windows Phone-style makeover with version 5.0

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Microsoft on Thursday unleashed an all-new version of its popular Skype messaging application for iOS, bringing a visual overhaul that matches the app to its Windows Phone counterpart and a number of improvements to speed and stability.




The most noticeable difference in the user interface -- aside from the larger, thinner typography -- is the shift from traditional iOS-style tabbed navigation to the trademark swipe gesture used to move between views on Windows Phone. Skype's navigation bar now features just two buttons, allowing quick access to the dialer and chats.

Microsoft says that the new "remastered" version is more than 5 times faster than its predecessor, and the company also promises improvements for users who use Skype on multiple devices. Reading a message on one device will now mark it read on other devices, a welcome improvement.

Additionally, iPhone users can now initiate group chats and the app features in-app notifications to quickly move between conversations.

Initially scheduled to drop next week, Skype for iPhone version 5.0 has been appearing seemingly randomly in regional App Stores around the world throughout the day Thursday. The shaky rollout now seems to be complete, and users can get the app as a free, 44.7-megabyte download from the App Store.

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It looks... kinda the same?

Strange they would produce such a video for an update. But nice to see they're focusing on iPhone.
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What does "5 times faster" mean for a communication app? Can I have a 5 minute phone all in 1 minute now?

Frankly Apple can't complain much about a MS app not adhering to all the iOS style guidelines when iTunes didn't bend over backwards to be a "normal" Windows app.
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I just tried to update and am getting "The item you tried to buy is no longer available"

 

Since I use Skype as my primary business line, perhaps I should hold off on trying the update again for a bit :)

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Good. This is the roll I like for Microsoft. Just another struggling app developer. It presses them to do their best work. And, they're not Google, so yay for that.
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Just tried to update and it says "The item you tried to buy is no longer available"

 

Did it get pulled already?

 

(and djames4242 beats me by 57 seconds...)

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I had to hit update a couple times before it let me install it.

 

I am not to impressed by the design, to me it makes it feel more cluttered and harder to get to stuff.

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It looks... kinda the same?

Strange they would produce such a video for an update. But nice to see they're focusing on iPhone.

 

MS wanted to see if they could get more than 22 hits for the app...

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Tried to update - App Store tells me it is no longer available. Maybe it is broken.
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Tried to update - App Store tells me it is no longer available. Maybe it is broken.

yup its either pulled - or so awesomely desirable that demand overloaded the usb flash drive in the server with the MS apps on it

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It looks... kinda the same?

Strange they would produce such a video for an update. But nice to see they're focusing on iPhone.

Its just not an update. Its introducing Windows style navigation to iOS users. Its lot more than what your thought.

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yup its either pulled - or so awesomely desirable that demand overloaded the usb flash drive in the server with the MS apps on it

This is in Apple's servers. 

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This is in Apple's servers. 

yes - but i think its still the interns job at apple to be responsible for plugging in the MS flash drive /s

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Is it built with SWIFT?
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Originally Posted by Right_said_fred View Post
 

yup its either pulled - or so awesomely desirable that demand overloaded the usb flash drive in the server with the MS apps on it

 

And it's probably a USB 1.0 flash drive.  Far slower data rate than USB 3.0.

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What does "5 times faster" mean for a communication app? Can I have a 5 minute phone all in 1 minute now?

Frankly Apple can't complain much about a MS app not adhering to all the iOS style guidelines when iTunes didn't bend over backwards to be a "normal" Windows app.

Did Windows even have guidelines?
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yes - but i think its still the interns job at apple to be responsible for plugging in the MS flash drive /s

 

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And it's probably a USB 1.0 flash drive.  Far slower data rate than USB 3.0.

here it is

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Is it built with SWIFT?

Unlikely.

 

Swift is currently in beta. It is doubtful that any major developer will use a beta programming language for an app like Skype. Apple has not promised that the final version of Swift will be source compatible with the version developers currently have access to.

 

For sure, many developer are dabbling with it, but there's a learning curve associated with any new language (whether it be programming, spoken, whatever).

 

It's a bit early for people to have grasped all the nuances of a programming language that was introduced about ten days ago.

post #19 of 34
Improvements to Skype are welcome. It has always felt clunky to me, with recent versions feeling less clunky. File transfers are still very weak, but the addition of syncing 'read' status across devices is a huge plus! Viber still needs that.
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I just tried to update and am getting "The item you tried to buy is no longer available"

 

Since I use Skype as my primary business line, perhaps I should hold off on trying the update again for a bit :)

 

 

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Just tried to update and it says "The item you tried to buy is no longer available"

 

Did it get pulled already?

 

(and djames4242 beats me by 57 seconds...)

 

 

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Tried to update - App Store tells me it is no longer available. Maybe it is broken.

 

If you would like to install the update, you should delete the Skype app from your iPhone. Then find Skype in the app store on the iPhone, touch the cloud with the downward arrow, and version 5.0 will download to the iPhone.

 

You will need to log in.

post #21 of 34
Will never use ever, but good luck Microsoft.
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I've long since dumped Skype in favor of Google Hangouts and occasionally FaceTime.

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Just tried to update and it says "The item you tried to buy is no longer available"

Did it get pulled already?

(and djames4242 beats me by 57 seconds...)

Just delete the app from your phone and reinstall. Then you get the latest version. Worked for me.

However, the new UI is fugly IMO
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What does "5 times faster" mean for a communication app? Can I have a 5 minute phone all in 1 minute now?

Frankly Apple can't complain much about a MS app not adhering to all the iOS style guidelines when iTunes didn't bend over backwards to be a "normal" Windows app.

Usually Apple doesn't complain; they just refuse your app for not following UI guidlines.
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post #25 of 34

It's available again. I'm not crazy about the new interface (I don't see the point of using non-standard tabbing, for instance) but it's a considerable improvement over version 4.x. It's streamlined, more contrasted, less cluttered, and the font is more readable as well. So far, so good.

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I have no problem with MS peddling their stuff on Apple gear. The more they do that, the less relevant they make their already irrelevant hardware. 

 

Plus, we get more options in the process. Now we have all those other apps, plus Skype. 

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Skype for iPhone, now with direct links to the NSA.....;)... OH wait, thats the same as before ?!?

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And the visual style of Windows Phone and iOS 7 differ how?
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If you would like to install the update, you should delete the Skype app from your iPhone. Then find Skype in the app store on the iPhone, touch the cloud with the downward arrow, and version 5.0 will download to the iPhone.

You will need to log in.

Sounds like typical Microsoft cr4p. I'll wait a couple of weeks, thanks.
post #30 of 34
Now how about fixing the POS Mac version of your crapware... I live overseas so use S to maintain a US phone number but find the call quality subpar, by far, and the desktop interface to be pathetic.
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How about asking first if I want to watch an inane video about who made the silly app when I upgrade it??? I know it can be bypassed after it starts, but that's not the point.
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How about asking first if I want to watch an inane video about who made the silly app when I upgrade it??? I know it can be bypassed after it starts, but that's not the point.


Holy crap, they make you do this? What do they think Skype is, a video game?


Seems like the easiest solution would be to open the .app package and just delete the file in question.

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post #33 of 34
Can't even access other user's profile anymore and the send button doesn't work either without leaving the conversation and then returning to it, etc.
Maybe some flakiness is due to iOS 8DP, but certainly not the missing functionality.
So maybe v5.5 will be ready for prime time.

On the OS X side, everything past the v2.8.x releases of Skype has been an unmitigated disaster. I still run the old version for as long as I can, but since m$ took over Skype the old version won't work with video anymore since it's probably not NSA compliant...
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Yeah the video sucks and I couldn't find a way to bypass it. Noticed the very Microsoft ask UI but it's not bad, things are easier to navigate.

Though two glaring issues for me. First, the damn notifications are still broken. Pop-ups happen if I'm in a conversation with somebody and I switch to the home screen for whatever reason. If somebody has sent messages while I'm in another app I get those messages plus a whole bunch from many lines up in the conversation. They pop up incredibly fast and make all a lot of noise this was a problem in other versions and they said this was supposed to be fixed. Well it's not.

And another complaint I have albeit a minor one as I figured a shortcut for it. The dictation text will show up as white space and you can't see what it is you've just "typed" to correct any errors. I use this a lot and it was very frustrating until I discovered if I hit backspace it'll show up.

The app crashed multiple times after install. Though I am running an iPhone 4s I kind of expect that to some degree. Though to be perfectly honest it doesn't seem to function much better it just looks different. Some of the animations are sped up it seems so I guess that's what they mean by "faster"
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