Microsoft has rolled out some sweet new updates for Skype and the video-calling service now sports video message filters for both Android and iOS along with 3D touch support for the latest iPhones. Lets take a look at the brand new goodies, one at a time.
Skype already had video Messages. However they were exactly what the name implied. You recorded a short video clip and you sent it, end of the matter. With the new filters Skype has just thrown into the mix though, you can make these clips that much more interesting.
Accessible by tapping the filter wand at the bottom left of the video message window, the video filters are tried and chosen before recording your message. Once you are satisfied with your choice, select the filter and press record and watch as it converts the drab old clip into something much more interesting, funny or plain ridiculous.
This is what Skype had to say about the stuff you can do with these filters.
Add balloons to your video message to celebrate any occasion. If you’re feeling goofy, change the appearance of your face to make it look rounder or longer – we love this one! Or, if you’re sending a video message showing off your Halloween costume, add some ghosts or use the negative filter to set a spooky mood.
Folks sporting those spanking new iPhone 6 and 6S have another, exclusive update coming their way — Namely, 3D Touch.
The 3-D touch feature lets you access your most used Skype features by simply Force Touching the Skype icon on your home screen. Also, you can now Force Touch a Recent conversation and quickly take a look at the latest instant messages or live video (When on call). And that is not it, swiping up while on a call or in a conversation lets you access more options while you can hard press the same to get that call/conversation into the foreground instantly.
The best thing about Force touch is that it lets you do a lot more by simply recpgnizing the different amounts of pressure you exert through your fingers. With this update, Skype becomes one of the early birds integrating this feature into its services.
Skype also addressed user-asked questions about how to hide and completely delete chats,
Hide and delete chats from your Recent conversations by swiping the contact or tapping Edit, then choosing if you want to delete the entire chat history or simply hide it from your Recent list. You can also delete the entire chat history from within the conversation using chat menu.
And share Skype contacts with others.
Share a Skype contact by tapping the contact card icon in a conversation to open your contact list. Then simply select the contact you want to share, tap the tick icon and you’re done.
However, in the middle of this maelstrom of answering questions, receiving feedback and providing updates, somehow Windows users were completely left out, again.