Microsoft today released yet another Skype Insider Preview build. The update brings some noteworthy features and improvements. With this Microsoft introduces Contacts Panel which now offers more customizability and controls over your contacts. Furthermore, the video messages limits are now three minutes. The company also added a new state in the app called Recently Active besides bringing back the much requested Away state.

The update is available for store app for Windows 10 PC, iPhone, iPad, Android 6.0+, Android Tablets, Desktop app for Windows, Mac, Linux.

Below is the official Changelog.

What’s new?

  • New contacts panel: You’ve been asking for more control and customizability over your contacts, and we believe this is an important first step in giving you just that!
  • People You May Know: This feature suggests people to you based on mutual contacts you’ve added or chatted with on Skype.
  • Video Messages limits are now 3 minutes!
  • Possibility to add phone number to Skype contact.
  • Skype Presence Updates: We have brought back the highly requested Away state and added a new state, Recently active! Now at a quick glance you can see if your contact is online or not. If the contact is Offline you won’t see a presence indicator on his/her avatar.

What’s fixed?  

  • Linux: Skype Preview 8.36 contains various fixes and improvements along with major Electron update. It should fix the issues like System tray icon in xfce & Skype doesn´t start on Debian 9 / 10 / OpenSUSE. 
  • Improve empty states that drive first action through adding contacts or starting a conversation. 
  • Call UX accessibility: Add in-app shortcuts to query and announce local camera and mute status. 
  • Simplify composing experience on Desktop by providing a consistent UI where users can intuitively share content (for Desktop & Web).