Skype for iPhone was updated with a few changes today, including a visual updating to the dial pad and chat picker. The former now suggests contacts with matching phone numbers as you type, and the chat picker now makes starting conversations easier by offering a phone and video icon at the top of the screen to let you start your call quickly. The updated app is available for download on the App Store.
Microsoft-owned Skype has also unveiled a pre-release program, which lets users give feedback about upcoming versions before they are released. By applying for the program, users will receive and test early versions of the app, and give feedback thereof.
“We’re looking for enthusiastic Skype users who are interested in providing feedback that will shape and enhance Skype for iOS to join our new pre-release program,” added the Skype blog post.
The firm has made it clear that applicants should be 18-years-old or older with a valid email ID and a Skype or Microsoft account. The application process has already begun.
It is worth mentioning that the firm last month also launched its Spanish to English real-time translation test program.
Users have to take a short survey which asks for basic information like name, country of residence, industry and employer. After approval, users will receive an updated, early access version the iOS Skype app to test out.
Tech companies have earlier publicly offered their users pre-release apps. Others, including Twitter and Facebook, have in the past launched their own beta programs online for early access to their own software. These programs can help companies test new features and plan changes ahead before committing to a public launch of their product.