Microsoft has redesigned Skype for iPhone, iPad and Android mobile devices, adding a new interface and features to the communications app.
Skype 6.0 is available now for iOS and Android, and is described as an overhaul to make the service easier to use on mobile devices.
"We've redesigned Skype to be much more natural and intuitive, and have added a bunch of new capabilities to make it even more delightful to use," the company said in a Skype blog post.
Skype 6.0 has subtle differences between the versions for each operating system. Skype for iOS has been designed to enable swipe gestures on iPhones and iPads to quickly manage calls and messages, and Microsoft claimed that it now easier to share location, photos, web links and emoticons when on a voice or video call.
All the features found in the Skype app for iPhone have also been made available to the iPad version of the app. Microsoft said that instant messaging has been improved specifically for iPad use, and that it is now possible to start a group chat or voice call from an Apple tablet.
The redesigned Skype for Android adds a dose of Google's Material Design inspiration, as seen in Android 5.0 Lollipop, to make the interface more elegant and simple, according to the firm.
The Android app has also gained a floating action button which is described as making the creation of a new conversation, chat or video message "incredibly simple".
Both versions of Skype 6.0 gain an "enhanced search" feature aimed at making it faster to find contacts and groups, as well as search for messages and conversations.
Microsoft has yet to push the Skype update to its own mobile ecosystem, despite having its own Windows 10 Mobile platform, but claims to be "working hard" to create a user experience with the app on Windows-based smartphones.
Microsoft is expanding the reach of Skype on mobile devices, having recently revealed a preview app of Skype for Business on iOS and Android.
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