Two popular messaging services have rolled out updates to their desktop apps today, and we figured we’d combine news of both in one post.

Yeah, we’re lazy.

Telegram Goes Material Design

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Telegram has updated its desktop app to version 1.0 — and given the app a top-to-toe redesign in the process.

The latest version of the app sports a brand new look, one that’s in keeping with Google’s Material Design aesthetic, flush with animations, color accents and drop-shadows galore. The redesign also introduces support for custom ‘themes’ (first person to make an Ubuntu Ambiance-style theme gets a cookie).

Aside from visual changes the app also now supports for deleting your recently sent messages entirely (i.e. not just from your chat history, but everyone’s), a feature previously exclusive to its mobile apps.
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Other changes in this update introduce other mobile features, including an option to pin important chats to the top of the message list, and lists groups you have in common with a contact when you view their profile.

Telegram Desktop 1.0 is a free download available for Windows, macOS and Linux.

Download Telegram for Linux (64-bit) Download Telegram for Linux (32-bit)

Skype for Linux Alpha 1.15

Skype for Linux (alpha) sees its first update of the year, though the change-log isn’t quite as big as Telegram’s latest.

Skype for Linux Alpha 1.15, which ships with Electron 1.4.10, adds two new options:

  • Autostart on Login
  • Launch minimized 

A context menu with copy/paste commands has also been added to the text input area, making it easier to, err, copy and paste things in to the text input area!

If you already have Skype for Linux installed you’ll receive this latest update through Update Manager.

If you’re yet to take the next version for a spin you can grab an installer by hitting the link below.

Download Skype for Linux (Alpha)

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