2018. Skype rolls back its unwanted redesign
Last year Skype introduced a colorful, Snapchat-inspired makeover which included its own version of "stories". The redesign had been met with a lot of backlash. Now Microsoft admitted that the changes it had introduced weren’t working. Instead, the app is introducing a simpler navigation model where there are now just three buttons at the bottom of the mobile app – Chats, Calls, and Contacts. Highlights and Capture are both gone. With the new desktop version of Skype, the company now says it’s moving the Chats, Calls, Contacts, and Notifications to the top left of the window to make it easier for long-time Skype users to understand. Skype also toned down its over-the-top use of color in the app and introduced a Skype “Classic” blue theme adjusted for contrast and readability.
2016. WhatsApp launched desktop version for Mac and Windows
WhatsApp has launched desktop clients for Mac and Windows. People who have already been using WhatsApp on their web browsers will find that software isn’t significantly different. The desktop app is an extension of your phone app, with all messages synced between devices. Giving power users who rely on WhatsApp for work communications, desktop options helps it competes against other messaging services, like iMessenger, WeChat, and Skype. WhatsApp is currently testing out B2C accounts, which would give it a new revenue source after dropping its 99 cent annual subscription fee.
2013. Viber launched desktop version
Mobile video chat Viber managed to gain popularity while Skype was very slow in its moving to mobile platforms. And now it already has 200 million users and it seems to be the first in line of those services who wants to replace Skype as an independent communications app. Yesterday Viber released the desktop versions for PC and Mac. However, to start using them, you still have to install the mobile app first, because in Viber the accounts are linked to phone numbers. The most interesting feature in Viber's desktop version is that you can move seamlessly from desktop to smartphone and back without terminating the call. In addition, all messages (and contacts, of course) are automatically synced between the mobile and desktop versions and incoming call comes only to the device (computer) on which you are working right now.