Skype Preview Succeeds Skype For Insiders, Beta Available

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The Skype Preview app started rolling out on the Google Play Store on Wednesday and should already be available for download worldwide. The app is an extension of the Skype for Insiders program that Microsoft debuted back in November, but that initiative apparently got renamed seeing how the Google Play Store listing makes no mention of its original name. Regardless, the Skype Preview app hit the Google Play Store in beta, meaning you'll have to opt to become a tester before you get to download it. While the listing states how Skype Preview only works with Android 4.4 KitKat and newer versions of Google's operating system, the app still isn't compatible with a large number of devices as even the Galaxy S7 Edge is listed as being unsupported. That isn't to say you can't sideload the APK file to your device, especially if you're in the mood to try out a completely different version of Skype.

As it turns out, Skype Preview looks more like Snapchat than the traditional version of Skype seeing how the app is packed with emojis, stickers, and other ways of spicing up your conversations, while users are able to swipe the main chat interface to quickly open their camera or start searching for another contact to add to a conversation. Even though Microsoft apparently ditched the name "Skype for Insiders," the program still serves the same purpose – testing new additions to Skype. Being a standalone preview app, it's possible that many features of Skype Preview will never make their way to the main app. Microsoft primarily envisioned this app as an experimental platform and the current look of Skype Preview certainly reflects that philosophy. Naturally, users of Skype Preview are asked to send feedback to Microsoft as often as they can, and they can do that by tapping the heart icon located on the app's main screen. The gallery below showcases some screenshots of Skype Preview.

Skype Preview isn't the only experimental communications app with Skype branding that you can download from the Google Play Store. Back in December, Microsoft released Skype Mingo, a communications hub designed to replace the stock Messaging app.

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