Skype adds support for Mojis, which are animated video clips you can send via IM
Microsoft is rolling out an update for its popular instant messaging app Skype, which adds a new feature.
And by new, I must say rather unusual, yet cool feature.
Skype will now support Mojis. If you’re scratching your head thinking it already has emoticons, you may not be the only one to be confused. Mojis aren’t the emojis which you may be familiar with on your phone or web forums, but is just a fancy new name for animated clips, christened by Microsoft.
A picture is worth a thousand words, according to the adage. But I think Mojis are worth expressing your emotions.
Yes, you will be able to send animated clips Mojis, to your friends on the instant messaging service. This isn’t an innovation to be honest, Facebook Messenger already supports animated GIFs. But it still is nice to have support for the feature from the Redmond campus.
Microsoft is also spicing up the news of Mojis’ launch, with even better news. It has announced that it’s partnering with Disney Muppets, BBC and Universal Studios, Disney Muppets, BBC and more studios to add films and characters for the Mojis. The first wave of the Mojis include clips from popular movies and shows such as Despicable Me, Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect, Jurassic Park, The Muppets.
Here is a demo featuring the muppets Kermit the frog and Miss Piggy in Skype’s Mojis:
As you can see from the video embedded above,Mojis are easy to use. In fact, they are exactly similar to the way how you send emojis. Mojis will be available on all platforms and devices, this includes Mobiles, PCs, and Macs.
It was only a few months ago, that Skype added new emoticons. The service also added animated GIFs, link previews and many other useful features, such as Skype Translator, which translates voice calls in realtime, to the language of the user at the other end. It is these features which are bound to keep it in the competition, if not one step ahead of rival services.
On a side note, there is still no word, as to when Skype for Windows 10 desktop will arrive. This app will supposedly be integrated into the operating system itself, so it won’t be delivered through a normal app download. It is likely that the upcoming major Windows Update which has been codenamed Threshold 2, will include the integrated Skype for Windows 10 universal app. TH 2, as it is called will arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year.