Here are the Skype for Windows layout changes that you requested

Here at Skype we work hard to help you share meaningful moments with those who mean the most to you. That’s more important than ever at this time of year, as the holiday season rolls around for so many of our users. Because Skype has become such a cornerstone of those moments, it should come as no surprise that those same users feel very passionately about what we do and the changes we make.

However, we’re still regularly blown away by the outpourings of enthusiasm we see from people who make use of our software every day. Recently we released a refresh of our layout and the heartfelt feedback we got from you, our users, surprised us once again. You didn’t hold back any punches in letting us know what you did and didn’t like about it and, in doing that, you helped us build a better version of Skype for Windows desktop.

Today I’m going to run through some of the updates to the new layout and let you know what new features we’ve added to Skype for Windows desktop. Remember, you can always get the latest version from the Skype download page.

Compact chat view

One of the most requested features was the ability to reclaim some of the space between the chat bubbles. In the latest version we added an option for a more compact chat mode, as it turned out to be an issue of personal preference. I myself prefer to have the compact mode setting off, but try it out and see what you prefer.

To switch between compact and regular chat mode:

  1. Open Skype.
  2. From the menu bar select Tools > Options…
  3. In the Options window, select IM & SMS then click Show advanced options (unless advanced options are already shown)
  4. Tick or un-tick Compact Chat View.
  5. Click Save.

Different views side by side

Switching large emoticons on or off

Another addition that we’ve made is the ability to turn large emoticons on or off. You’ll also find this in the Options window under IM & SMS > IM appearance.

Compact Sidebar View

Ok, so this isn’t an entirely new feature, but it is updated. With the layout refresh we added a “simple list view” that condenses your recent conversation list. Some users had trouble finding it though, so in the latest version we’ve renamed the feature Compact Sidebar View. In addition to the name change, Compact Sidebar View now also compresses the information above your recent conversation list.

Compact sidebar view

You can turn Compact Sidebar View on and off in the menu bar under View.

Showing only conversations with unread messages

One last feature I want to mention is the ability to filter your recent conversations to ones that have unread messages. Next to the Contacts and Recent tabs there’s now a filter which lets you switch between All and Unread conversations.

Conversation filter

Your feedback is important to us when it comes to making Skype better. If you have an idea for Skype, why not visit the Skype Community idea board for Windows desktop and submit your idea there (or vote for it if somebody else beat you to the punch).