Skype 5.0 now available with fresh design and speed improvements

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Yesterday Skype announced a major redesign of its iPhone app that was scheduled to hit the App Store sometime next week. For some reason the update is already available. It packs several new features that are designed to make the app easier to use.

The most visible design change is the main window of the app, which now looks very similar to Windows Phone. You can browse a list of recent contacts or favorites along with your entire address book. Navigating through these different lists can be done with a swipe gesture.

Beyond video and audio calling, you can send photos and videos to contacts, even if they’re offline. The app’s call interface has been simplified to let you easily switch in and out of video mode or send some text.

A new in-app notification system can be managed in the app’s settings. The Skype team says notifications have been designed to allow for “for quick conversation switching,” which the app has been sorely lacking.

The app also runs 5x faster than before, according to its developers.

Skype is a free, universal download in the App Store. Version 5.0 only applies to the iPhone, but a matching iPad redesign is in the works.

  • dcj001
    • Serenak

      Skype for iPhone has disappeared on the UK store… iPad version is at 4.1.17 or some such…

  • moestepp

    Not released in the US…

  • dcj001

    The new version is currently available in the Canadian store, not the US store.

  • Sander De Vries

    Well, Skype just completely disappeared from the Dutch App Store…

    • Antony Danielian

      Also disappeared from US App Store and Russian App Store

    • Klem

      And AU store

    • Snorre Milde

      And the Norwegian App Store.

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