Microsoft has now officially detailed some important new features that will be coming exclusively to Skype 8.

The new features from Microsoft for Skype 8 include message reactions with which you can react to people’s messages. Another feature introduced exclusively to Skype 8 is Information Cards, sharing photos and reactions in an ongoing call. All these new features will be available exclusively to those using Skype 8 and above.

New features:

  • Message reactions: You can send reactions to other peoples’ chat messages.
  • Information cards: There are several features that lead to information cards being shared in the chat stream. For example, using Skype Money, chat Add-ins, or interactions with bots. In many of these scenarios, you will see the information card but you will not be able to take action within an older Skype client. Where possible, you will be able to complete the action on a web page. Where that’s not possible, you’ll be brought to this page.
  • Sharing photos and reactions in a call: The calling experience allows you to react (e.g. heart, thumbs up, etc.) and share photos while you’re in the call. If you’re using an older client, you will not see these new capabilities. A call participant who reacts or shares a photo will be informed if other participants can’t see what they’ve done.