Skype’s major redesign prioritizes helpful bots and a smart camera over traditional video chats

Microsoft announced a major redesign of its Skype app on Thursday, helping users foster an improved social network of sorts among their best friends, while an army of helpful bots stands ready to offer recommendations and cat GIFs. 

Skype hasn’t eliminated the ability to chat with your friends, and it’s actually enhanced it with a live camera feed and the ability to quickly share news and other information around your network. But among the first screens you’ll see is a new “Find” interface that taps into bots and other services to help you discover new information. And unlike releases past, the new Skype will first be pushed to mobile: specifically Android, with iOS arriving in a month’s time, then Windows to follow later. 

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