Skype update pulled following widespread criticism

Skype login screen on iPhone with keyboard on the side. Skype was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennström, from Sweden, and Janus Friis, from Denmark.

Microsoft has announced plans to remove a number of new features from the Skype messenger service.

The update took place in June 2017 but was met with criticism from users who said the new features were “stupid”. 

Microsoft said it would be removing the new updates, which were similar to Snapchat (NYSE: SNAP), from the platform as they “got in the way” of the app’s core uses and “didn’t resonate” with most users.

The software giant will remove the highlights and camera buttons from Skype.

When introducing the new features last year, Microsoft said:  “We know this was a big change and we welcome feedback along the way.”

“We’re confident that as we continue to listen to users and provide updates to the app… we’ll be able to keep improving the experience,” the group added.

One year on, the Skype design director Peter Skillman wrote in a blog: “This past year we explored some design changes and heard from customers that we overcomplicated some of our core scenarios.”

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