A month after the launch of the Fall Creators Update, we are into the era of Fluent Design on Windows 10. Microsoft's new, evolving, design language will slowly change the way the platform looks. Now that Windows is both universal and a service these days, this means Microsoft's apps will also change. Skype UWP is getting its first smatterings of Fluent Design today.
Microsoft has sent out an update for the Skype UWP (Universal Windows Platform). At the moment, this is a preview release only available to Insiders on the Fast Ring. As mentioned, the update brings with it the first Fluent Design elements to the communication service.
Most users will notice the changes, including a translucent “acrylic blur” look on the left sidebar. For the record, the Insider Program release brings Skype UWP up to version 12.10.534.0.
As we have mentioned before, Fluent Design is a growing UI. Microsoft says the design will evolve over major Windows 10 updates, which happen twice per year. This lends itself to the idea of Windows as a service platform that is always moving, even in terms of aesthetic.
Public users of the Skype UWP app running the Fall Creators Update also received an update. Specifically, they now move to version 12.9.604.0 with the following new additions:
- Stay on top of your day with help from the notification panel. Quickly jump back into conversations to see reactions to your messages and @ mentions.
- Express how you feel during a call with emoticon, text or photo reactions.
- Share your virtual world and activity with others over a Skype video call in Windows Mixed Reality.
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Just a couple of days ago, Microsoft made the controversial decision to stop users signing into Skype with their Facebook accounts. Starting January, the ability will not be available and users will have to use a Microsoft Account.
This is the case with most Microsoft services these days. I don't like it, but it seems to be the way the company is going.