Microsoft is working on a new version of Skype that will work across all Windows 10 devices, desktop PCs, tablets and smartphones included. For the moment, it’s called “Skype Universal Windows Platform Preview,” and will be available to Windows Insiders in the coming weeks. The first build will be focused on the desktop and include most of Skype’s usual features, such as group chats, one-to-one voice and video calls. Group voice and video calling are noticeably absent, but Microsoft has promised to add them “in the next couple of releases.”
The app will eventually replace the Skype “integration” that Microsoft has been working on for Windows 10. A consumer preview of this was released last November, unbundling video and messaging into two separate apps. Microsoft has reconsidered its approach, however, and will now take a different tack: “As the screen size gets bigger — large tablets, two in ones and PCs, for example — and you begin to use the apps, expectations shift and people want to limit app clutter,” the Skype team said in a blog post. That led to a single purpose app with a “simplified” look and feel.