Microsoft is starting to roll out a preview of a redesigned version of its Skype application for Windows and Mac desktop users.
The Skype Desktop preview released today is not the same as the Universal Windows Platform version for Skype for Windows 10. Instead, this is the updated Skype Desktop app that runs on Windows 7, Windows 8.X. (Those who want to run this Desktop preview on Windows 10 can do so by choosing compatibility mode and selecting an older version of Windows, but that's the only way it's supported on Windows 10.)
The new Desktop preview "puts chat front and center"; adds more real-time screen and photo sharing; introduces @mentions, message reactions and a new notification panel; makes available a new chat media gallery for finding shared content like links, documents, and media; and adds more customization for group calls.