Microsoft to continue investing in Skype, new features coming soon

    Microsoft doesn't want to give up on Skype already and believes people still love the app.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: May 26 2020, 04:04 PM IST
    Microsoft Skype is currently being overshadowed by its sibling Teams and rivals Zoom and Google Meet.
    Microsoft Skype is currently being overshadowed by its sibling Teams and rivals Zoom and Google Meet. (Pixabay)
    Microsoft Skype is currently being overshadowed by its sibling Teams and rivals Zoom and Google Meet.
    Microsoft Skype is currently being overshadowed by its sibling Teams and rivals Zoom and Google Meet. (Pixabay)

    Microsoft has been particularly focused on Teams especially during this lockdown as user activity grew exponentially. Microsoft Skype on the other hand is being overshadowed by Teams. The company however said that it will continue investing in Skype and launch new features soon.

    Microsoft Teams caters to the working professionals and its usage has boomed due to people working from home. Microsoft is also launching a consumer version of Teams soon. Skype which is optimised more for personal use may phase out with the launch of Teams. But Microsoft still has plans for Skype and will continue working on it.

    Also read: Looking for a smartphone? To check mobile finder click here.

    “We’re continuing to invest in Skype. It’s growing through all this. You’ll see some new features. You’ll see Skype and Teams interoperate. As Teams lands with consumers and does more things, I think people will pick Teams. But we’re not going to be heavy-handed about this. People love Skype. And so, we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves here,” Venture Beat quoted Jeff Teper, CVP for Microsoft 365 as saying.

    Microsoft said Skype crossed 40 million daily active users earlier this March. This is a 70% increase month over month for Skype. Calling minutes on Skype were also up by 220%, Microsoft said.

    Skype which should have soared during this time had another competitor which quickly took the top spot and that’s Zoom. Microsoft did introduce a few features for Skype like custom backgrounds, and even a tool to let people join calls without having to sign-up or download the app.

    Follow HT Tech for the latest tech news and reviews , also keep up with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For our latest videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel.

    First Published Date: 26 May, 04:04 PM IST
    NEXT ARTICLE BEGINS
    keep up with tech