The "biggest change ever to Skype for iPhone" coming this month with version 5.0

Microsoft today revealed that Skype for iPhone will be reaching version 5.0 next week, this bringing a major app redesigns, as well as new features. The new Skype for iPhone shares “a consistent look and feel with the Windows Phone and Android apps”, but, of course, it’s specifically tailored for iOS, being rewritten from the ground up.

Reportedly, users should notice that Skype 5.0 for iPhone is “over 5 times faster” than the current version. One of the big novelties that the reworked app brings is the ability to start group chats from the hub. Notifications have been also improved, so if you’re using Skype on multiple devices, and read a message on one of them, it will be marked as read on all other devices, too.

All in all, this is “the biggest change ever to Skype for iPhone,” and it’s going to be available globally “in about a week.” A redesigned and improved Skype for iPad will also be introduced soon (although it’s not clear how soon). You can see Skype 5.0 for iPhone in the video below:

source: Skype blogs



1. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I somehow want to use WP now :)

18. checkmymike

Posts: 220; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Go! To add one more user to its 1000 user base.

2. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Love that MS is implementing the modern UI on its apps for other platforms as well. You iOS & Android users can now get a taste of the awesome UI and design of WP and its apps. :)

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Skype is the one thing owned by Microsoft that I like... It's the one thing keeping me from buying a Chromebox or Chromebook. If Microsoft actually releases it for Chrome OS then I'm ditching my Windows 7 PC the same day. I also do not like the UI for the Windows phone, but that probably because I'm accustom to Android after 5 years of dedicated use. I'm not saying anything negative about the quality of the OS though...

4. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

a chromebook ??? really, symbian and old blackberries are smarter than chromebooks by miles. Even an Asha is smarter. u r going to ditch a real desktop OS for a browser???? R u for real ??

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I'm looking more into the Asus Chromebox over a Chromebook, but 95% of the stuff I use a computer for can be done on Chrome OS, and Chrome OS performs those actions better than what the competition does. I've also read that I can setup a dual boot and run Ubuntu so... There's just that darn 5% the keeps me from buying the thing.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Only times I flipped power on my PC in last couple years was to type "Fastboot OEM Unlock". Then shut it down, tablets take care of stuff phone is too small to view on. So its unreasonable IMO.

7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

So its "Not" unreasonable.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

lol, I'm really looking for a simplistic computer that's safe (Doesn't get viruses), that my 12 year old stepdaughter to look up info for school reports, and for my wife to stream Netflix on.

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I've ran Windows machines for years. Never had a security program on them. And still never got a virus.

14. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Do you really use your devices ONLY for watching videos? Cause that's basically the only thing a tablet is on par with laptops.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I also have never had an issue with viruses on my windows computer... but it's not me that I'm worried about. I've seen a lot of people make really stupid decisions when computers are concerned and I would rather not spend time at home fixing issues that I have to deal with at work.

20. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Browses, email, apps, Netflix, communication, yeah I guess that's it.

9. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I dont know about iOS, but skype always crashes when I answer a call on my LG G2 with latest software. I tried to restart phone, reinstall app, clean cache, but nothing helps. :(

10. Sauce unregistered

Skype performs regularly on iOS from my experience. I remember it used to crash a few years ago, but lately (past year or two) it's been pretty stable. Can't wait for this new update on iOS to make it even more buttery smooth. Hopefully the global update following iOS's update will fix your issue. Im assuming it would. Fingers crossed

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Skype is a royal piece of s*** on Android, and I since it has been years of this now, I think it is more deliberate than accident. No other app is as irritating as skype on Android and they have had too much time not to have fixed it by now.

11. Sauce unregistered

Love the clever use of the "Skype Blue" iPhone 5c for this promo vid. Can't wait for the update =)

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Time to fix the issue as to why I always appear online even when I sign out. BTW, it happens to everyone on my contact list.

17. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Looks good but I know I won't be using it. No one I know has used skype in probably 2-3 years.

19. express77 unregistered

Its a shame that they choose ios then android and their own platform at last in providind their apps. And they expect more people to buy WP.

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