With over 300 million monthly users, Skype has a massive active userbase to manage. Microsoft has purchased and merged hundreds of companies over the years, with Skype being one of it's most expensive buys: $8.5 billion, in 2011. It's been six years since the acquisition date, and we still see some upset users by changes that have been made since that time. Microsoft has been looking to address those issues with their new "Skype Insider" program.
The program gives Skype users the chance to try out "pre-release" versions of Skype for both mobile and desktop applications, as well as the ability to provide feedback on the changes (and bugs) before they are implemented for the masses. The only major downside to users that opt for this early testing program is the decreased stability. These testing versions will inherently never be as bug-free and cleaned up as the public versions, so you will want to keep that in mind should you decide to jump onto this opportunity, especially if you are a business user that needs Skype for work purposes. People who are familiar with the overall process of the Windows Insider program will have an easy time adjusting to the flow of the Skype Insider program, as it's very similar in purpose.
The latest iPhone Skype app is bringing back the bottom bar:
"In Skype version 8.13 for iPhone, we launched a new design that brings back a bottom bar to streamline navigation and simplify access to Skype's core features", which was mentioned over at XDA quoting a Skype blog post.
Microsoft also made some comments about the Android version of Skype, which now complies with the Material Design standards that Google has set up. It also includes a few other aesthetic refreshes, both the search icon and header.
If you're interested in trying out Skype Insider, you can visit the official page here to get started.
Let us know what you think in the comments below! Is it too late for Skype to turn things around for its users with other alternatives rising in popularity?