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The new Skype app is really colorful and Snapchat-like, so people hate it

Is Skype trying too hard?

Before FaceTime, Instagram and Snapchat, there was Skype. It really wasn't anything fancy – just a minimalist app for video calls and sending messages.

But Microsoft recently rolled out an update in hopes of making the app a little more fun, and people hate it.

There are lots of colors and reaction emojis. It's even jumped on the bandwagon with a "new stories" feature – except Skype calls them "highlights."

Just look how happy and fun this is:

Yeah. Maybe that's a little too colorful and fun because people are really ripping on it.

On top of all the colors and crap, there are apparently a few annoying glitches and missing features. Like some people have been tweeting that they've lost contacts or keep dropping calls.

The Inquirer even has an article called "Microsoft redesigns Skype to look like the inside of a migraine," and it's triggered a whole Reddit thread where people are going to complain.

One user says the app no longer works with bluetooth headsets and doesn't allow for full-screen videos, among plenty of other things.

On the bright side, Microsoft told the BBC it's taking in users' feedback and will use it to improve the app.

Oh, and the update is coming to computers next.

This story is part of our Best of the Web section – which is just cool stuff we find online and want to share with you.

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