Customise Skype for Mac in our theme design competition
Calling all designers! This is your opportunity to customise Skype for Mac. We’ve just launched our chat style competition to kick things off. When we first launched our new Mac app, we were delighted to see so many custom styles emerge from the design community, so we thought we’d make it official.
Between now and the 29th April, we’re inviting you to design your own chat style for Skype for Mac. We’ve assembled a team of experts to choose the very best, and if you’re the winner, we’ll include your design in a future version of Skype for Mac so that it can be enjoyed by millions of people around the world (as well as giving you a brand new MacBook Air, an iPad 2 and a year’s subscription to Unlimited World Extra).
The competition will run over three stages, each lasting three weeks. Two winners will be selected at the end of each stage; a judges’ choice winner that will be selected by our panel and a people’s choice winner, as voted for by all of you. These six winners will go forward as finalists for the grand prize. There are more prizes for runners-up, including iPads and copies of CSS3 for Web Designers – check the competition page for details.
Today also marks the release of a minor update to Skype for Mac. You’ll start to see these a lot more frequently now, as we move from our annual release cycle to a process which will allow us to get you updates much more regularly. This new version includes improvements to the group video calling interface, increases the amount of space in the sidebar and gives you quick access to recently called numbers from the dial pad. You can find out more on the Garage blog, or download it now.
Finally, a note to those of you who have commented on the user interface as a whole. We’re in the process of developing some changes which will offer a lot more flexibility in the interface, and they’re on the roadmap for a (near) future version. Stay tuned.