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  1. In September, Microsoft announced that it is working on an improved, faster, reliable, and super modern-looking Skype. After testing the redesigned app for the past few months, Microsoft recently released the updated Skype app for iOS and Android users. Along with the redesign, this update also includes some new improvements, read about them below. Together mode now works for all group calls, there is New camera experience for taking pictures New search bar and updated avatars Bug fixes and stability improvements You can download the updated Skype app here from App Store and here from Play Store. Microsoft releases redesigned Skype app on iOS and Android
  2. Microsoft has now released Skype version 8.77 across different platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Web, Android, iOS, and iPad. The Skype update offers a ton of useful new features, bug fixes, and stability improvements. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Skype for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web Blur the lines: Don’t bother to tidy up before your Skype on the Web video call; just turn on background blur (because you can do that now). Learn more about customizing your background in Skype. Fresh new threads: We’ve made some changes to modernize Skype’s look, but don’t worry, everything is still where you left it. Foxy: We’ve added support for audio calls in Mozilla Firefox, so you can use Skype on the web on virtually any browser. Learn more about Skype browser compatibility. Put a pin in that: Keep losing track of someone in a large call? We’ve now made it so you can pin participants to the active call stage, so you always know right where they are. Learn more about what you can do in a Skype call. Meet, meet, meet: We’ve made some improvements to the Meet Now flow. Learn more about Meet Now in Skype. Bug fixes and stability improvements. We’ve used loud noises to scare off some bugs, then battened down the hatches a bit to make everything just a little more solid. Skype for Android, iPhone, and iPad Keep that Data moving: You can now use Skype on the Web on your Android phone or tablet. Learn more about supported browsers for Skype on the Web. Blur the lines: Don’t bother to tidy up before your Skype on the Web video call; just turn on background blur (because you can do that now). Learn more about customizing your background in Skype. That’s a solid render: We’ve fixed some issues with video rendering on mobile, so send those adorable pet videos at your leisure. Fresh new threads: We’ve made some changes to modernize Skype’s look, but don’t worry, everything is still where you left it. Foxy: We’ve added support for audio calls in Mozilla Firefox, so you can use Skype on the web on virtually any browser. Learn more about Skype browser compatibility. Put a pin in that: Keep losing track of someone in a large call? We’ve now made it so you can pin participants to the active call stage, so you always know right where they are. Learn more about what you can do in a Skype call. Meet, meet, meet: We’ve made some improvements to the Meet Now flow. Learn more about Meet Now in Skype. The eye in the sky. We’ve updated the camera function in Skype on your iPhone and iPad to take full advantage of Office Lens. Learn more about personalizing photos and videos in Skype. Bug fixes and stability improvements. We’ve used loud noises to scare off some bugs, then battened down the hatches a little to make everything just a little more solid. What’s fixed? Emoticon menu cut off on the left and right-hand side, in the mood message menu (Windows/Linux/Web) Issues when locking a device does not turn off video (Android) Issues with starting a Meet Now meeting (iOS) However, it’s worth noting that the Skype build 8.77 is rolling out in a phased manner, meaning you might now get it right now. And if that’s the case, your should wait for a few more days for the update to surface on your device. Microsoft is now rolling out Skype version 8.77: check out all the new features
  3. When Microsoft transitioned to a Chromium-based browser they become somewhat less motivated to support non-Chromium platforms, and when Microsoft released a new version of Skype for the Web in 2019 it only supported Edge, Chrome and Opera, and did not support Safari or Firefox. Microsoft eventually delivered support for Safari a year later, and today the company confirmed support for all browsers, including Firefox, for their web app. The news is confirmed in the recent Skype 8.78 changelog which notes: Skype for web: enabled on all browsers i.e. Firefox At present, if you go to web.skype.com using Firefox, you will still receive a warning that the functions are limited, but it appears everything is otherwise working as intended. Microsoft recently said they aim to deliver an improved, faster and more attractive Skype service in the future. Read all about their plans here. via DrWindows Skype for the Web once again supports all browsers
  4. Microsoft has released a new Skype Insider build 8.77 for bor both desktop and mobile applications. The new build brings some of the new features that Microsoft recently promised to add, including a new look for tab, header and footer on Desktop and Mobile. Build 8.77 also includes video rendering improvements on Android, iPhone and iPad, new avatar selection options for group profile screen, bug fixes, and stability improvements. You can read the full official changelog below. Changelog Modernized UI improvements: New notifications/activity tab look, new look for the header and footer on Desktop and Mobile Video rendering improvements: on Android, iPhone and iPad Group Profile screen to support new avatar selection options from the MeetNow creation board: emoticon or sticker on colorful background + uploading photo (which already is there) Bug fixes and stability improvements However, it’s worth noting that the Skype build 8.77 is rolling out in a phased manner, meaning you might now get it right now. And if that’s the case, your should wait for a few more days for the update to surface on your device. Microsoft is now rolling out Skype Insider build 8.77, here’s everything that’s new
  5. Microsoft today revealed that Skype is under active development and you can expect several major improvements in the coming months. With the recent launch of Microsoft Teams for consumers, most people thought Microsoft will retire Skype. Today, Microsoft revealed the future plans for Skype. Microsoft’s goal is to build an improved, faster, reliable, and super modern-looking Skype. You can find the long list of new features coming to Skype below. The New and Coolest Call Stage in the World We’re upgrading and modernizing the most important part of Skype, the call stage! This is what we’re known for and we’re about to do some pretty cool magic with it, adding new layouts, beautiful theming, and other ways to help everyone connect more closely on the call. We think with this call stage you’ll get to experience the best video calling in the world. Be sure to give it a try and let us know what you think! Let there be light!! We believe we’ve designed the most beautiful call stage in the world. The balance we set with this change is truly a work of art. Now the stage will feel like it’s right at home within Skype no matter what theme you’re rocking. So, what else have we changed? We wanted to make sure the app still felt familiar while we modernized the look and feel and made the experience more inclusive. The first person we included was you —now you can find yourself on the main view during a call. We also adjusted the way the video feeds are rendered into a more natural grid, and no one will be left alone on the upper tray again because we bring you all together. Now all participants— even if they aren’t sharing video — will be visible on the calling stage. Before, if someone shared their screen or turned on Together Mode, the video previews in the top bar were too small to be engaging. But now we show larger video feeds in the top bar so you don’t have to compromise anything. While we love the design changes, we knew they weren’t enough. We needed to focus on performance to make the experience delightful. We improved performance in key scenarios by 30% on desktop, and over 2,000% on Android, and have more coming as we continue to modernize our media stack. We care about your data and your connection quality, and we know people use Skype in lots of different connectivity environments, so we still give you an option to disable the video stream and hide audio-only participants from the calling stage. But have you noticed something else in the call stage? Did you see the colorful backgrounds behind the avatars of the audio-only participants? Now we’re bringing audio-only participants fully into the game with their own backgrounds on the call stage. No more grey, dull calling experience. And what’s even cooler, these are the same pictures we use for background replacement in video calls, so we keep you looking familiar whether sharing video or not. If you want to change your background, just switch it up during your call. And not to forget some of the really cool innovations we already have like animated backgrounds, together mode, call recordings, live subtitles, and much more. But that’s not it, we’re modernizing the rest of the app as well We know modern messaging and calling isn’t all about giving you a hundred features that you will never use. It’s about thinking of how we can give our users the most delightful experience every time they use the app. So we have been researching, scratching our heads, and meeting together (with a lot of coffee) to design these modern and fun improvements. And we couldn’t be happier to share with you what a huge change it has brought to Skype. We’re sure you’ll notice all the small details, but we’ll let these designs speak for themselves, they are that powerful: Upgraded chat headers with changed layout, added group avatar, and have you seen those button gradients?? The beauty of the left side panel screams art, balance and lightness Oh, did someone say fluent icons? Yes, we do love them as well Have we mentioned themes? Everyone loves customisation Another amazing change we have been cooking up is refreshing our themes with new vibrant colors and the beautiful gradients that come with them. Say hello to color! We just couldn’t resist and upgraded your profiles and non-customized chats with gradients. Look how colorful, fun, and bright your app will get! Truly delightful. Now it will be much easier to tell your chats apart, and it will also be a joy to look at these avatars!? All complementing already great existing features! This all complements some of the fun features we had brought you earlier this year, like the ability to customize your meetings with a name and any emoji. Which is a feature we codenamed internally “fancy titles”. Meet Now, right now! And when you don’t want to bother with annoying requirements like downloading an app, remembering a password, signing up for a new account or keeping your call under 45 minutes, all you need to do is have a quick call on Meet Now. Meet Now is a powerful tool to create and join Skype calls without the need to log in, create an account nor have the Skype app. With 1 link you can join a call as a guest and connect online. We are redesigning the Meet Now lobby as well. Now it’s lighter weight, easy to use, and much better looking. We are working hard to make this experience the easiest, fastest, best, and most fun way to meet people online. And while you might already know what call you have created, we cannot omit people who you share the link with. Thus, bringing in previews of join links filled with your call name and avatar of the call. And we aren’t just improving the experience for the person who creates the Meet Now call. We also wanted to make the experience more delightful and clear for the people you share the link with. We are adding previews to join links that will show the name and avatar of your call so folks will be more confident when they join that they are in the right place. Supporting All Browsers At Skype we’ve always tried to serve our users on whatever device or platform they use. But even though Skype works on a lot of browsers today, we still have some gaps. We are going to change that! We believe the Skype experience should be seamless, accessible, and reliable no matter what browser or device you are using, so we are adding support for all browsers. We would like to make sure that no matter which device, platform, or browser you’re using, Skype will always give you a great experience. Skype is a great place to connect with family across the world to create and share memories. To make this even easier, we have improved our camera with Office Lens feature allowing you to capture your memories, create videos or scan documents, whiteboards and business cards in the smartest way. TwinCam to the rescue Have you ever wanted to show off your pet to a friend while on a video call on your computer, but you couldn’t get your dog to sit still or your camera to move quickly enough to show them? We’ve made it way easier and more fun to do that with a new feature we call “TwinCam”. Now if you want to show off your pet’s sleeping habits or need to tutor someone while showing multiple angles, it’s as easy as grabbing your mobile phone or whatever device you have handy and scanning a QR code to add it to the call as another camera! We match you with your video stream and you can impress everyone on the call.?? Customize notification sounds One of the top feature requests we’ve gotten from all of you was to let people choose their own notification sounds. We listened, and now you can customize your notification sounds! It’s as easy as that. We will keep listening to your feedback and implementing features that you want, so keep letting us know what’s on your mind. While we do love our own unique Skype sound, it could be a bit repetitive and who wouldn’t want to play around with some cool ring tones, like from the 90’s? In-call reactions redesign & super reactions We love reactions and super reactions on Skype. We believe that the Skype meeting experience is one of the best in the world and we want to make it even better. With our new reactions chooser, you’ll be able to choose any emotion and react within two seconds. With reactions, timing is everything. We didn’t want anyone to “miss the moment” again because it took too long to find the right reaction. So, when we redesigned the reaction chooser, we set a goal of making it so people could react with any emotion within two seconds. We added search, organized the reactions by feeling category, and added pinned items to keep your favorite reactions just a click away. We can’t wait to connect people on the call more closely by giving them the power to express themselves so much better and faster. The fun you will have with these will be priceless! PSTN Translator While we love that you have so much fun during your Skype calls, sometimes the time comes when you need an incredibly practical feature to use — Skype Universal Translator. If you’ve ever seen the television show Star Trek, you might have seen Captain Kirk talking with a being from another planet using a marvelous device called the Universal Translator. You might have thought, “Wow, I wish I could have something like that in real life!” Well now your wish has come true! With Universal Translator, you can communicate with anyone in any language, on a landline or a video call. Low-cost calls with a real-time translator on top, we love bringing that science fiction from Star Trek to reality! Source: Microsoft Microsoft is working on improved, faster, reliable and modern-looking Skype
  6. Latest Skype Insider update brings animated background for video calls and more Microsoft today announced the release of new Skype Insider update. This latest Insider build 8.74 comes with support for animated background for video calls, split window support on Android and more. Find the full change log below. Animated background for video calls! Just select GIF from local files and enjoy your new background. Customized Call Reactions – choose your personal set of reactions. Split Window on Android – because we want to improve your user experience for desktop-like environments. Supporting Surface Duo, Samsung DeX and most of the Chromebooks. Files sharing from chat in Skype for iOS. Source: Microsoft Latest Skype Insider update brings animated background for video calls and more
  7. Some new improvements will make chatting on Skype a lot easier. Most people still see Skype as their go-to app for free video calls, rather than an app for messages like iMessage or Whatsapp. That could very likely change. The Microsoft-owned company today unveiled some new features that will allow its chat tool to hold its own against the major standalone messaging apps. Users will now be able to save draft messages, display multiple photos and videos, preview media files and more. The new features will be available on both Skype's desktop client and the mobile app. In addition to saving messages as drafts, users can bookmark messages by right-clicking or long-pressing the field. You can access these messages in a new folder marked "Bookmarks". Sending multiple photos or videos should also be easier with the update. When you want to send multiple videos or photos to a group of friends or family, Skype will automatically organize them in an album so they won't clutter up your group conversation thread. You can also preview any photos or media you send, so you don't accidentally something embarrassing to the wrong person. A pretty clever new feature is a split window for desktop version of Skype. This allows you to view your contact list and conversations in separate windows. This should prevent any mix-ups when you're messaging to several different people at once. As all messaging apps make the shift to becoming multifunctional tools with video, voice and text capability, it makes sense for Skype to unveil some updates so it doesn't fall behind the curve. You can access these new features on the latest version of Skype on all platforms. Source
  8. Last month I made a very unsubtle yawning sound in the direction of Skype due to a lack of updates to the official Skype Snap app. The popular VoIP sat unloved, with no stable updates, for six whole months. Fast forward a few weeks from calling them out and I’m pleased to report that whatever blockage was lodged in the build machine pipe-work has been well and truly flushed out. Not only is the Skype Snap app once again up to date on the Snapcraft store — hurrah! — but some freshly prepared ‘insider’ builds are available for the more adventurous to play with — double hurrah! The latest Skype Snap build is version 8.51.0.72, the same version as that available to download from their website. Among a bunch of general improvements, bug fixes, etc, this build debuts a brand new icon Left: old icon; Right: new logo The new Skype icon is dressed in Microsoft’s new ‘fluent’ design language, a style it has been slowly rolling out its core products, like Microsoft Office, since last November. The new Skype icon eschews the flat design of the former for a layered look using gradients and shadows. It’s no revolutionary, but I think it’s a subtle improvement over the original. Keep the updates coming, Skype! Skype and Spotify (which also had a recent hiccup to its update frequency) are two of the best known apps on the Snap store. Their lacklustre Snap maintainer (despite releasing new Linux builds through other methods) was both disappointing and discouraging — and not just to Snap app users! Indie app developers debating support for the format may have been put off, inferring that supporting the format is more work than (i’m told) it is. Hopefully things will continue tick along nicely hereon. Snaps might not be the packaging format ticking everyone’s tastebuds, but they’ve proven to be hugely successful so far — frequent updates to tentpole software like Skype will help ensure that this success continues. Source
  9. Changes to configuration files don't change signature, can add malicious features. LAS VEGAS—The Electron development platform is a key part of many applications, thanks to its cross-platform capabilities. Based on JavaScript and Node.js, Electron has been used to create client applications for Internet communications tools (including Skype, WhatsApp, and Slack) and even Microsoft's Visual Studio Code development tool. But Electron can also pose a significant security risk because of how easily Electron-based applications can be modified without triggering warnings. At the BSides LV security conference on Tuesday, Pavel Tsakalidis demonstrated a tool he created called BEEMKA, a Python-based tool that allows someone to unpack Electron ASAR archive files and inject new code into Electron's JavaScript libraries and built-in Chrome browser extensions. The vulnerability is not part of the applications themselves but of the underlying Electron framework—and that vulnerability allows malicious activities to be hidden within processes that appear to be benign. Tsakalidis said that he had contacted Electron about the vulnerability but that he had gotten no response—and the vulnerability remains. While making these changes required administrator access on Linux and MacOS, it only requires local access on Windows. Those modifications can create new event-based "features" that can access the file system, activate a Web cam, and exfiltrate information from systems using the functionality of trusted applications—including user credentials and sensitive data. In his demonstration, Tsakalidis showed a backdoored version of Microsoft Visual Studio Code that sent the contents of every code tab opened to a remote website. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature The problem lies in the fact that Electron ASAR files themselves are not encrypted or signed, allowing them to be modified without changing the signature of the affected applications. A request from developers to be able to encrypt ASAR files was closed by the Electron team without action. Code inserted into the ASAR can run either within the application's context or within the context of the Electron framework itself. Application code is "plain old JavaScript," Tsakalidis explained, capable of calling Electron's operating-specific modules—including microphone and camera controls, as well as operating system interfaces. Code injected into Electron's internal Chrome extensions can allow attackers to bypass certificate checks, so that, while code may still force communications over HTTPS, an attacker can use a self-signed certificate on a remote system for exfiltration. And Web communications can be altered or completely blocked—including applications' updating features, which would prevent new versions from being automatically installed, displacing the backdoored application. Tsakalidis said that in order to make modifications to Electron apps, local access is needed, so remote attacks to modify Electron apps aren't (currently) a threat. But attackers could backdoor applications and then redistribute them, and the modified applications would be unlikely to trigger warnings—since their digital signature is not modified. Source
  10. Microsoft Will Allow iPhone, Android Users to Share Their Screens on Skype Microsoft is working on a new mobile feature that would allow Skype users on Android and iOS to share their screens during a call. The company has thus kicked off a new testing stage of the feature as part of the Skype Insider program, and users can register to try it out here. According to Microsoft’s own brief announcement, this new functionality would be offered on both Android and iOS. Skype would come with a new button to share the screen, with simple options being offered, including permissions for the incoming video and subtitles. The feature uses screen recording, and you need to give your permission before beginning the broadcast. When your screen is shared, you should see a notification at the top of the screen that lets you stop the broadcast at any moment. “Your device is no longer a limitation on getting more done with Skype. With the latest Insider build, you can now share your screen on your Android or iOS device during a call. Simply tap on ... and select Share Screen to get started,” Microsoft explains.Feature in early development for nowIn case you’re wondering why anyone would need such a feature on Skype, this comes in handy for a wide variety of purposes, and Microsoft highlights just a few of them. “Want to show your coworkers a PowerPoint presentation? Or share your swipes on dating apps? Or maybe do some online shopping with your bestie? Starting today, Skype has you covered,” the company says. The feature is still in its early testing stage, so it could take a while until it makes its way to the production version of Skype. Users can try it out by downloading the latest Skype builds as part of the insider program on their Android devices and iPhones. Source
  11. Microsoft’s New Skype for Web Doesn’t Support Linux and Mozilla Firefox Microsoft has released the new Skype for Web, letting users chat with their contacts without the need for installing a desktop client. And while this is possible using nothing more than the browser, the new version of the service comes with some unexpected limitations. First and foremost, Microsoft says that you must be running Windows 10 or macOS 10.12 or higher to be able to connect to Skype for Web, which means that Linux isn’t officially supported. Furthermore, the only browsers that are compatible with the new Skype for Web are Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, so you won’t be able to use Mozilla Firefox to chat in the browser. Obviously, there are ways to get around these limitations, and changing the user agent in the browser is the easiest of them all, but by the looks of things, Microsoft’s transition to the Chromium engine means Firefox users might be left behind when it comes to improvements they get on Microsoft services.New features in Skype for WebOn the other hand, Microsoft highlights several new features coming to Skype for Web, including HD video calling, call recording, a notifications panel, and a chat media gallery. Microsoft is also making another step towards killing the classic Skype, as the company introduced a new MSI installer for Skype desktop. “Today we are releasing the updated MSI distributable for Skype (version for Windows desktop, which replaces the existing MSI distributable of Skype (version 7) for Windows desktop. If you are an IT administrator, simply download the new MSI file to start distributing the latest version of Skype to your organization via the distribution software of your choice,” the company says. If you want to try out Skype for Web, it’s enough to point your browsers to web.skype.com, but Linux and Firefox users also need to change the user agent to be able to connect to the service. Source
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  14. Skype doubling max number of group call participants to 50 Insiders will get the first shot at testing the increased group calling limit. If you find yourself holding large meetings over Skype calls, you'll soon be able to make them even bigger. As part of an update being trialed with Skype Insiders now, Microsoft is doubling the maximum number of group call participants for Skype from 25 to 50 (via Neowin). The increase in the group call limit is also coming with a change to how Microsoft notifies invitees to calls. "When you start a call in these large groups, it will send a notification instead of ringing all the members, to not interrupt those who can't join," Microsoft says. "With this update you will also see that the audio and video buttons are now enabled in these larger groups." The notification change is being added to all group video calls, so even members of smaller groups will get a notification instead of a ring. If you want to join in after a call has started, you'll still have the option to do that. The increased call limit is being tested with Skyper version 8.41.76.55 now. Source
  15. Skype adds AI-powered background blur feature Similar to the feature it introduced with Teams last summer Bottom line: Microsoft's new background blur feature will be incredibly handy but as Redmond warns, it isn't failproof. If you've got something especially sensitive in the background, removing it from view before launching a call is the best course of action to prevent any embarrassment or leaks. Microsoft is bringing the background blur technology it introduced in Teams last summer to Skype. Background blur in Skype uses artificial intelligence trained in human form detection to ensure you remain in focus during a call. Microsoft said the AI is specifically trained to detect things like hands, arms and hair to keep them sharp while blurring everything else. The new feature is available in the latest version of Skype for most desktops and laptops. To enable it, simply hover over the video button and select “blur my background.” Microsoft says it does its best to blur your surroundings but cannot guarantee that everything will always be blurred. As such, if you’ve got confidential information – say, a business plan on a whiteboard – or anything else damning lingering in the background, it’d probably be best to move it (or change locations) before hopping on an important call. No word yet on whether or not Microsoft is planning to bring the feature to mobile versions of Skype although given its similarity to portrait modes found on many of today’s smartphones, it probably wouldn’t be too difficult to do so. Source
  16. Firefox users who try to open the web version of Skype in the Firefox browser run into a wall currently because Microsoft claims it is not supported. If you try to open the page in Firefox or any other non-Chromium-based non-Microsoft Edge browser, you are greeted with a "browser not supported " message. According to the message, Skype for Web supports only Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Microsoft asks users to either use one of these browsers -- or other Chromium-based browser without stating so explicitly -- or use the desktop program instead. A link to the desktop version of Skype is provided. Skype for Web is available as a preview currently, and it is possible that Microsoft will unlock it for other browsers, e.g. Firefox by Mozilla, when the web service exits the preview phase. It is equally possible that Microsoft won't do so. Microsoft does not reveal why Firefox is not supported. It is likely that Microsoft checks the user agent of the connecting browser and uses it to determine whether users get the "browser not supported" message or access to the Skype for Web preview. Firefox users who change the browser's user agent using to that of a supported web browser, e.g. Google Chrome, won't receive the not supported message but can use the service just fine. Note: I did not test all features and it is possible that some features may not work in Firefox due to technical limitations. It is equally possible that everything works and that Microsoft blocks Firefox for other reasons. This is not the first time that major companies limit access to websites to certain browsers; Google has the habit of limiting new services to Chrome first before it makes them available to other browsers. Microsoft limited access to certain services in the past as well. Closing Words There are two main reasons why companies limit access to web services to certain browsers: because of technical limitations. because they want to push certain browsers. Has Microsoft's decision to switch Microsoft Edge to the Chromium engine in 2019 something to do with the decision? I contacted Microsoft to find out more about the blocking of Firefox but have not heard yet back. Source: Skype's for Web does not support Firefox (gHacks - Martin Brinkmann)
  17. How to share Screen on Skype and Skype for Business on Windows 10 Often, we need to share the screen for enabling support, collaboration, or some other reasons. Both, Microsoft Skype and Skype for Business make it easy to quickly share your screen during a call via Skype Share Screen option. Here’s how to use it. How to share Screen on Skype The built-in feature is useful in many ways. For example, you can share your screen and give your grandpa a quick demo of how you use Skype, so he can start using it too. Launch the Skype app and select a person from your contact list and hit the Video call or Audio call button to begin the conversation. Expand the Skype interface to unveil the call actions. In the bottom-right corner, click the two overlapping squares button. Or, click the ‘+’ icon visible in the bottom right-hand corner. Next, choose the Share screen button. Once you are done with the above steps, the other person would be able to view your screen. You may also notice a yellow line around the screen, indicating the feature is currently enabled. To stop sharing the screen, simply click the Share screen button again. How to share Screen on Skype for Business In Skype for Business, you can either chose to display your entire Windows 10 Desktop or just a program to everyone in a Skype for Business, Meeting Call Instant messaging (IM) conversation Choose the Desktop when you need to switch between programs or work on files from different programs. Likewise, choose a program when you need to present specific programs or files but don’t want people to see anything else on your computer. To begin, move the cursor over the presentation (monitor) icon. It can be located at the bottom of the conversation window. When found, click it and select the ‘Present’ tab. Then, do one of the following. To share the content on your Desktop, click Present Desktop. To share one or more program or file, click Present Programs, and then select the specific program(s) or file(s). Use the sharing toolbar at the top of the screen to stop sharing or give control to participants. Please note that when you are sharing the screen, your Skype for Business status changes to Presenting, and you won’t receive instant messages or calls. Skype screen sharing not working You need to be in a voice or video call with the person you want to share your screen with. If you’re not in a call, you won’t have the option to share screens. Make sure that both of you are using the latest versions of Skype that support screen-sharing. Also, ensure that your connection has good connectivity & bandwidth. Source
  18. Skype's Microsoft Store app is being replaced with the desktop version Microsoft's Skype app is available in two different flavors on Windows devices: there's a desktop app you can download from the website, and a Microsoft Store app that's pre-installed with Windows 10. The two apps look almost the same, but there have been some significant differences between them, specifically the tighter integration with OS features that's offered by the Store app. Now, though, Microsoft seems to be unifying the two apps, as a recent update to Skype Preview on the Microsoft Store has turned the app into the exact same thing you'd get with the desktop version, as first spotted by Aggiornamenti Lumia on Twitter. That means it's no longer based on React Native and it's using Electron instead, and it also means that a lot of the OS-level integration is now gone. That includes the ability to respond to messages from notifications or Windows 10-style incoming call notifications, as noted in a couple of tweets by another user, Florian B: Source: Skype's Microsoft Store app is being replaced with the desktop version (Neowin)
  19. How to record video meetings on Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype Record your calls so you can watch them later Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement. People are doing a lot more video conferencing now that they’re stuck at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These sessions can be a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, conduct business with colleagues, and keep up with schoolwork. Sometimes, though, you may want to save a recording of the meeting so you can revisit it later. That could let you listen to a teacher’s lecture again, use the audio for a podcast, or even relive the announcement of a family pregnancy (which is something that actually happened to me on a recent family video call). Many services offer ways to record video meetings, even on their free versions. We’ve outlined here how to set up recordings for three well-known services: Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype. Zoom Zoom lets you record calls whether you’re a free user or a paid user. However, if you’re a free user, you’ll only be able to save recordings to your computer. If you want to save recordings to the cloud, you’ll need to be on one of the company’s paid offerings. Those plans start at $14.99 per user per month for its Pro plan and $1,800 per year for schools. Here’s how to record a Zoom meeting: If you’re the host of your Zoom call, click the record button on the toolbar at the bottom of the call window to start the recording. If you’re on a paid plan, you should see the option to pick between making a local recording or a cloud recording. When the recording starts, you’ll be able to pause or stop the recording using buttons in the top left corner of your screen or on the Zoom toolbar. If you opted for a local recording, the call will be converted into a .mp4 file and saved to your computer as soon as you end your meeting. In my testing, Zoom automatically opened the Finder window to the folder with both audio and video versions of the recording. If you opted for a cloud recording, when you end your meeting, Zoom will show you a message saying that you’ll get an email when the recording is ready. For me, that email had a link to Zoom’s website with audio and video versions of the recording, as well as a password-protected link I could share with others so they could view and download the recording. Zoom’s website has support documents for cloud recordings, local recordings, and recording using Zoom’s iOS and Android apps if you want to learn more. The company also put together a helpful video that demonstrates how to record a call when you’re using a computer. Google Meet For a limited time, anybody who is a G Suite customer should be able to record a call via Google Meet. That’s because Google has opened up free access to recording and other advanced Meet features until September 30th. After that date, video recording in Meet will presumably revert to only being available for customers of G Suite Enterprise, which costs $25 per user per month, and G Suite Enterprise for Education, which costs $48 per user per year (though Google is offering lower promotional pricing until July 31st under certain circumstances). If you plan to host video meetings via the free version of Google Meet that’s rolling out over the coming weeks, though, you won’t be able to make recordings, Google tells The Verge. Here’s how to record a Google Meet call. Note that I was not able to personally test these steps myself; the recording feature wasn’t enabled for the G Suite account I use at work (or for the account of a colleague who has a personal G Suite account). If you don’t see the recording option after following the steps below, it may not have rolled out to your account yet, or your company’s G Suite settings may not let you make recordings. Once you’re in the meeting, click the icon with the three vertical dots in the lower right hand of your screen. A menu will appear, and on the top of it, you should see a “Record meeting” option. Click that to start recording. The meeting organizer or anyone in the same organization as the host can record a meeting, according to Google. To stop recording, click the three vertical dots again and click the “Stop recording” menu option at the top of the list. Recordings will be saved to the meeting organizer’s Google Drive in a folder called “Meet Recordings.” The organizer will also receive an email with a link to the recording. If you aren’t the meeting organizer but activated a recording, you’ll also be emailed a link to the recording. A link to the recording will also be added to the calendar invite. Google has additional details about meeting recordings in this support document, and you can see a video about recording in Meet here. Skype Here’s how to record a Skype call. You’ll need to have at least one other person on your call to do a call recording. Once the other person has joined, you should see an option to “Start Recording” in the bottom left corner of your call window when you move your mouse. Either person can click on that to start a recording. To stop recording, click the “Stop recording” button at the top of the screen or in the same bottom left corner of the window where the “Start Recording” button was. When you end your call, you’ll be able to access the recording in the Skype app and download it to your computer. Recordings will be available for 30 days. You can also check out Microsoft’s support document about call recording in Skype if you want to learn more. Source: How to record video meetings on Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype
  20. Skype version 8.60 adds moderated groups and 3x3 video call grid Despite the announcement of a consumer version of Teams, Microsoft recently said it doesn't plan to phase out Skype anytime soon, especially in light of increased usage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company says it will keep adding features to Skype, and true to its word, it is currently rolling out Skype version 8.60, which is one of the more significant updates the service has seen recently. The new version should be available soon for all platforms where Skype is supported, and most of the new features are also supported on every platform. There's a single exception, and that's the newly-added support for viewing nine video call participants on screen at the same time. Microsoft brought this feature to Teams first, and it lets users view a 3x3 grid of video feeds from each of the people on the call. This feature is, as you'd expect, exclusive to desktop versions of the app. Another major new feature in this release is support for moderated groups, and the name is fairly self-explanatory. It lets you create a group where select users can be administrators, helping you control the flow of the conversation. In these groups, only administrators can start calls, for example. If you had a previously-created group chat with assigned roles, it will automatically become a moderated group. Other changes include the ability to customize the list of message reactions, so they appear in the order you prefer. There are also new keyboard hotkeys that let you take certain actions in Skype even when the window is minimized or not in focus, and of course, the usual fixes and stability improvements. Skype 8.60 started rolling out last week, but Microsoft only published the changelog today, so you may have noticed these features before, or you might not see them yet. Everyone should be able to see them eventually. Source: Skype version 8.60 adds moderated groups and 3x3 video call grid (Neowin) [ Front Page post... Skype 8.60.0.76 ]
  21. Skype version 8.57 lets you delete contacts directly from the contact list The pace at which Microsoft releases new updates to Skype has gone down drastically over the past few months, and so has the number of features packed into each update. Today, the company shared details of version 8.57 of the app, which actually began rolling out earlier in the week, and the changelog is very short. In fact, the only addition to the app is that you can now delete contacts directly from the contact list on your Skype app. You can right-click - or tap and hold - on a contact and select "Delete contact" to do it more easily. Previously, this would have required you to choose "Edit contact" and delete it from there. Interestingly, despite being enrolled in the preview program and on the latest version, neither of our test devices seems to have this feature enabled yet, so you may need to wait a little longer for it to show up. Aside from that, Microsoft fixed an issue where caption languages weren't displaying correctly, and there are a few general performance enhancements in tow. The previous update, version 8.56, made it possible to quote messages using keyboard shortcuts on Windows and macOS, but it doesn't work with Skype from the Microsoft Store, which is what's pre-installed on Windows 10 computers. You can download your preferred version of the app from here. Source: Skype version 8.57 lets you delete contacts directly from the contact list (Neowin) [ News & Updates post here... Skype 8.57.0.116 ]
  22. Skype version 8.59 adds custom backgrounds for video calls, but not on the Store version Microsoft has released a new version of Skype, bringing it to version 8.59, and it might be one of the more meaningful updates in a while. According to the changelog, it's now possible to replace your video background in calls with a custom image. This expands on the ability to blur your background, and it lines up with the same feature launching on Microsoft Teams a couple of weeks ago. One thing that's worth noting is that this new feature doesn't work in Skype for Windows 10, which comes preloaded on Windows 10 PCs and can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store. This is interesting because Microsoft recently started replacing the React Native app on the Microsoft Store with the Electron-based app, which is the one classic desktop users get. It's possible that this change remains exclusive to Skype Insiders for now. Aside from that, the new version of Skype makes it possible to share files directly from the Finder app on macOS, similar to what was made possible for Linux and Windows users with version 8.58. This version also adds easier access to call controls from the chat menu. Something else that's worth noting is that the Skype Insider release notes for version 8.59 mentioned the ability to delete multiple contacts at once, but that feature isn't mentioned in this changelog. Even Insider builds don't seem to have the feature, based on our testing. If you're interested in trying it out, you can download Skype from its website to get the latest features. Source: Skype version 8.59 adds custom backgrounds for video calls, but not on the Store version (Neowin)
  23. Skype introduces video meetings with no sign-up needed for those wanting a Zoom alternative Zoom is struggling with demand currently, not to mention concerns around security (Image credit: Skype) Skype has brought in a new type of video call whereby no one has to sign up for an account to join the chat, in a similar convenient vein to Zoom – except in the case of Skype, not even the host needs to sign up for the service, or install anything. Skype describes the new Meet Now feature as a “hassle-free way to connect” with other folks that doesn’t require signing up to any account, or downloading any software. You can simply head over to a web page and start a meeting in a few clicks directly from there, inviting anyone you wish, who can then subsequently join just as easily. For those who do have the Skype client already installed, you can start the meeting from within the software if you prefer, and obviously easily invite your existing Skype contacts, or equally those who don’t have the program installed. The meeting link doesn’t expire, and the video call isn’t limited in terms of the functionality available. You get in-line chat and reactions, and the ability to blur the background (if you haven’t had time to tidy up your study at home before a meeting, for example). You can also share your screen for work or instructional purposes, and even record the call if you wish (recordings are stored for a period of 30 days). If you want to fire up a Meet Now session in your browser, head here, or in your Skype client, click the Meet Now button (next to New Chat) in the left-hand sidebar. Zoom and gloom As you’ve doubtless seen, Zoom has experienced a massive surge in user numbers due to the coronavirus lockdown, and folks staying – or working – from home taking advantage of how easy it is to set up meetings with the video conferencing service. However, this spike in usage has cast a harsh spotlight on Zoom’s security, with a lot of worries and question marks over how tight it may be, with various flaws in Mac and Windows security having recently been highlighted. For its part, Zoom has said it’s freezing any product development to focus on tightening up security, with a comprehensive review planned – and its entire engineering team will be working on this. To compound Zoom’s misery, however, it seems like the service’s infrastructure is groaning under the weight of all these new users too, as we have recently seen outages in Europe and the US. So Zoom is struggling to juggle a lot of balls in terms of maintaining service right now, perhaps while applying updates as per the engineering team’s instructions, and it seems that Skype wants to capitalize on this by trying to tempt users away from its rival with a similarly easy-to-use and convenient video call offering. Source: Skype introduces video meetings with no sign-up needed for those wanting a Zoom alternative (TechRadar)
  24. Microsoft’s Skype struggles have created a Zoom moment Skype is missing out to Zoom and others during the coronavirus pandemic IfIf the coronavirus pandemic had swept across the world in 2011, everyone would have been using Skype to connect over video and voice calls. Instead, rivals like Zoom and Houseparty are having a moment of huge growth in 2020 thanks to consumers looking for Skype alternatives. In recent weeks we’ve seen people across the world sheltering at home and holding virtual yoga classes, beers with friends, and even school classes all over Zoom. It’s a unique once in a decade situation that’s highlighted Microsoft’s beleaguered Skype acquisition in a big way. Microsoft originally acquired Skype for $8.5 billion back in 2011. It was the same year that Zoom and Snapchat were founded, and Apple launched its iPhone 4. Skype had more than 100 million active users back then, and 8 million of those were paying to use the service to make and receive calls using the voice over internet protocol (VoIP). Skype was the main way consumers actually talked to each other over the internet, with video calls making up 40 percent of all Skype usage back in 2011. Skype had become so big that in 2011 The Onion joked that “Skype” would be added to the dictionary. Three years later, the verb was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, highlighting how popular the service had become. But Microsoft faced some big challenges early on to transform Skype into a profitable business and keep it relevant for consumers. Microsoft’s Skype acquisition came just as chat apps like WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat, and WeChat were starting to gain momentum and challenge Skype’s dominance. Surprisingly, Microsoft opted to ditch its own popular Windows Live Messenger service in favor of Skype to try and ward off competition. Microsoft had one big problem to solve early on, though. The company had acquired a service that was based on peer-to-peer (P2P) technology, which made it less efficient on mobile devices. This is where a lot of Microsoft’s Skype problems began. Microsoft transitioned Skype from these P2P networks to cloud-powered servers back in 2013, in order to capitalize on Skype integration on Windows Phone and improve its mobile apps in general. Skype also became the default messaging app for Windows 8.1 back in 2013, and even shipped as part of Microsoft’s big Kinect push for the Xbox One console in the same year. Skype also appeared on the web as part of Outlook.com in 2013. All of this was powered by Microsoft’s transition away from Skype’s traditional P2P networks, but it was messy. Skype on Windows Phone. The transition lasted years, and resulted in calls, messages, and notifications repeating on multiple devices. Skype became unreliable, at a time when rivals were continuing to offer solid alternatives that incorporated messaging functionality that actually worked and synced across devices. Instead of quickly fixing the underlying issues, Microsoft spent years trying to redesign Skype. This led to a lethal combination of an unreliable product with a user experience that changed on a monthly basis. I wrote back in 2016 that Microsoft needed to fix Skype, instead of adding in useless emoji and launching and abandoning its Qik video messaging app. Microsoft didn’t really listen, though. The company went in a completely different direction with Skype in 2017, with a design that turned the app into something that looked like Snapchat. Unsurprisingly, people weren’t happy with the design and Microsoft was forced to kill off the Snapchat-like features and redesign Skype once again a year later. During this time, Microsoft also pushed Skype for Business as the replacement for its Lync (Office Communicator) enterprise instant messaging software. Skype looked like it would power the future of Microsoft’s chat services across consumers and businesses, until Microsoft Teams arrived in 2016. Teams has quickly become Microsoft’s focus for chat and communications in recent years. The company has been aggressively pushing businesses to adopt Teams, at a time when rivals like Slack are trying to win big businesses over. Microsoft Teams isn’t just for businesses anymore, either. Just this week, Microsoft announced its Teams plan for consumers. It’s part of a bigger push for Microsoft 365 subscriptions to families and consumers. Microsoft is trying to convince consumers that Teams can be used to connect to friends and family in a group chat or through video calls, and share to-do lists, photos, and other content all in one location. Microsoft thinks people who plan trips with friends or organize book clubs and social gatherings will be interested in Teams. This Teams push has taken the spotlight off Skype in recent years, though. Microsoft has used the underlying technology it has with Skype to power its video and voice calls in Teams, while rewriting the chat and messaging experience that the company struggled to get right with Skype’s Messenger transition. All of this has now led Microsoft to throw its weight behind Teams, even for consumers. Skype isn’t likely to go away anytime soon, but it’s not Microsoft’s focus anymore. “For now, Skype will remain a great option for customers who love it and want to connect with basic chat and video calling capabilities,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to VentureBeat. “With the new features in the Microsoft Teams mobile app, we see Teams as an all in one hub for your work and life that integrates chat, video calling, [and the] ability to assign and share tasks, store and share important data with your group, [and] share your location with family and friends, whereas Skype is predominantly a chat and a video calling app platform. We have nothing more to share.” Skype’s 2014 design. Skype’s 2017 design. Skype’s 2018 design. Microsoft Teams for consumers. Microsoft said in 2015 that Skype had 300 million active monthly users. The company hasn’t updated those numbers in the tumultuous period that followed. We still don’t know exactly how many people are using Skype, but Microsoft did provide some hints this week. During a press briefing, Microsoft revealed Skype is used by 200 million people, an active user count that’s based over a period of six months and not a monthly active user count. During the coronavirus pandemic, this usage has increased to 40 million people using Skype daily, up 70 percent month-over-month. That suggests that around 23 million people were using Skype daily, before the increase in demand. Microsoft is refusing to provide monthly active user counts for Skype, most likely because the company doesn’t want any obvious comparisons to competitors or the 300 million it previously revealed in 2015 when the service was still growing. 40 million daily users is still a big number, even when chat apps like WhatsApp have since passed 2 billion users, and Telegram has exceeded 200 million monthly active users. The real question is how are rivals like Zoom, Houseparty, and even Google’s Hangouts growing during this ongoing coronavirus pandemic? Houseparty and Zoom have both exploded in growth in the UK and US. Zoom currently sits at the top of the US App Store list, and second position in the UK App Store list. Houseparty is at the top in the UK, and number three in the US. Skype sits at number 75 in the US, and number 15 in the UK. Microsoft isn’t totally losing out here though, the company’s Teams mobile app is number seven in the US and number six in the UK. Katie Baki leads a yoga class over Zoom. ”Zoom does not share any numbers around users / usage, signups, or total number of customers,” says a Zoom spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. So it’s impossible to know the true number of Zoom users right now. Some estimates suggest Zoom had close to 13 million monthly active users last month, before consumers and businesses turned to the service in large numbers. One of the many reasons consumers are flocking to Zoom and Houseparty is that they’re easy to use. Zoom users don’t need an account, it’s free to use for up to 40 minutes, and you can join meetings with just a simple link or code. Skype offers a way to create video meetings with no sign ups or downloads, but you probably didn’t even know this feature existed. Instead, Zoom’s simple app approach has won people over. That ease of use has led to criticism over Zoom privacy, and the phenomenon of “Zoombombing,” where an uninvited guest uses Zoom’s screen-sharing feature to broadcast shock videos. Houseparty is equally easy to use, but it’s facing hacking rumors that the company is strenuously denying. Houseparty says it’s “investigating indications that the recent hacking rumors were spread by a paid commercial smear campaign to harm Houseparty.” The firm is even offering to pay out $1 million to “the first individual to provide proof of such a campaign.” Even if Zoom and Houseparty won’t provide actual user numbers, it’s clear from the many stories of people using the services and anecdotal evidence that there’s some serious growth going on here. A recent App Annie report shows that Houseparty, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom are all seeing phenomenal growth for different reasons. Skype is still being used by broadcasters and in many locations worldwide, but a lot of people are turning elsewhere for video calls. Houseparty video calls. There are many reasons for Skype missing out on this key mindshare moment, but Microsoft’s missteps with Skype’s reliability and user interface are surely to blame. This is highlighted best with Skype for Windows. After years of struggling to decide between touch-friendly (Universal Windows Platform) vs. traditional desktop Skype, Microsoft is now reversing course on its Skype for Windows plans. Skype will soon migrate to an Electron-powered app, instead of UWP. It acts far more like a traditional desktop app now. “For users of the UWP app, it’s a background upgrade and we migrate your credentials, similar to what happens when updating an app on a mobile device,” says a Skype spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “Customers will see the same Skype UI but they may see different functionality since Electron has more features than UWP.” This, alongside the Teams focus, are early signs of where Skype will end up. Microsoft wasn’t afraid of ditching the 100 million people using Windows Live Messenger years ago, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the company try and push Skype users over to Teams in the months ahead. Like Microsoft said, “For now, Skype will remain a great option for customers who love it and want to connect with basic chat and video calling capabilities.” The “for now” part of that statement is a telling sign that Microsoft’s focus is now Teams, not Skype. Correction: Skype had around 23 million daily active users before the coronavirus pandemic, not 12 million as previously stated. We regret the error. Source: Microsoft’s Skype struggles have created a Zoom moment (The Verge)
  25. Skype 8.55.0.123 Download : https://download.skype.com/s4l/download/win/Skype-8.55.0.123.exe
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