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Skim to stop from falling behind!
1. Skype gets a Snapchat-inspired makeover
Microsoft just took a chainsaw to the existing Skype app, ushering in a drastic visual update. Skype stuck what it calls "Highlights"—essentially a watered-down version of Snapchat Stories that lasts up to one week instead of one day—alongside new bots and chat add-ins that could rival Facebook's bots. It also moved the camera to just a swipe away, hopefully encouraging more use.
The rollout has been in the works for over a year. Microsoft's aim is to update the platform to match the ways many of its users—often, close friends and family—want to share things with each other.
The update, which also brings the service in line more with other messaging apps, is already released for Android devices, and will roll out to iOS devices in a month's time.
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