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Skype new features gives you a chance to express yourself

The video-chat and messaging space is rife with competition, and Skype hopes its latest features will help to keep it relevant.

Still, Microsoft, which acquired Skype in 2011 for more than $8 billion, is far from giving up on the service, and in recent years has been pushing out a slew of updates in a bid to keep it relevant.

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The latest one rolled into the room on Thursday, bringing with it four potentially handy features that the company says provide new ways for you to express yourself during video chats and messaging sessions.

In-call reactions: you can now add live emoticons, live text and even real-time photos to your video calls. We all know a picture speaks a thousand words, and now you can amp up those video calls, especially when you’re keeping pace with a busy group.

Integrated camera: quickly swipe to capture those precious moments. Make them your own by adding emoticons, stickers and annotations, then promptly share them in the chat.

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Messaging reactions: respond to any message from your contacts with multiple reactions. Reactions can be used for any purpose: voting, showing excitement, or just for fun.

Find panel: easily find and share links, news, sports results, restaurants, the weather, videos and more without leaving the app. No more switching back and forth between apps; we’re making it easy to bring the content you care about to the conversations that matter.

Skype Preview for Android is already available on Google Play so you can download it today and begin exploring our new features. And for Apple users? Skype Preview for iOS is available in limited capacity through Apple’s TestFlight, so you can apply to become a Skype Insider for iOS and if selected, you will get an email invitation to download.

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