Skype For Windows 8 Is Way Ahead Of iPad Version Design-Wise

Skype For Windows 8 Is Way Ahead Of iPad Version Design-Wise

Look! Skype managed to make a non-hideous version of its app.

Say what you like about Windows 8, but Microsoft seems to have knocked developers into line when it comes to interface design. Exhibit a: Skype for Not-Metro, which not only matches the minimal tile design of the OS, but manages to make the iOS version look positively baroque.

In the leaked picture posted to Twitter by IT developer AdamUCF the app looks great, and – visually at least – it puts the iPad version to shame. Not that we should be surprised: Mac versions of Skype have always lagged behind the PC versions, and lately it seems as if the Skype team (now part of Microsoft) is somehow infusing its Mac and iOS apps with a special hatred meant just for us Apple users.

Then again, Apple does make iTunes for Windows, which really is an exquisite kind of torture. Maybe it’s just payback?

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  • Alfred2612

    It looks beautiful, but I don’t quite understand the implications? Does this mean all Windows 8 apps are meant to look similar or the same?

  • metalhaze

    And yet, I still abhor every single icon under the “People” category. I’m sorry, Windows 8 GUI can only help shitty design so much. This article makes it seem like you are giving credit to Skype for coming up with some amazingly unique design when all they are doing is simply adhering to the design laws set in place by MS. You can color me UNIMPRESSED.

  • CharilaosMulder

    Except iTunes for Windows is a great product, not infused with hatred.

    It looks beautiful, but I don’t quite understand the implications? Does this mean all Windows 8 apps are meant to look similar or the same?

    The UI should have a consistent look.

  • dmkraig

    Naw. iTunes for Windows is Apple’s payback for a decade of MS applications that are grossly inferior on the Mac.

  • hanhothi

    iTunes for Windows was the only Apple software I had exposure to. It is crap software that I hate using and has completely put me off Apples software. My purchase of an iPad has somewhat changed my attitude, but I still would not go anywhere near OSX! No “Save As” function? Keep it, I don’t need it thanks, I have Windows 7, and no running crappy Apple software on some sort of emulator (as is needed for Apple hardware to run Windows because Windows software does what Apple’s cannot).

  • Tallest_Skil

    No “Save As” function?

    Do five seconds of research and you’ll notice that absolutely that still exists, always has, and always will.

    Windows software does what Apple’s cannot).

    Right: Suck.

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