Skype is always in the news these days—and this has to do with the desire of its owners to try and win back its users. Recall that Skype used to be the main app for communicating with millions of people across the world. It not only dominated audio and video calling back in the days, it ensured that people stayed in touch. Things, however, are no longer what they used to be—WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, and the likes have all taken over the scene. Though, it had since lost its dominant position in the market, the Microsoft-owned video-calling app continues to launch and add some cool new features. The latest is that Skype is adding a feature that allows users to share their phone screen on video calls.
“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.”
Tests are ongoing both on Android and iOS versions of the app, which will allow screen sharing. You will be able to share anything on your phone display to friends, family, or coworkers. According to Microsoft, owners of the app, you might be able to share your PowerPoint presentations, “swipes on dating apps,” among many other things.
Skype won’t be the first of such apps to implement screen sharing among users. Before now, Cisco WebEx, GoTo Meeting, and Zoom have all launched and enabled the feature on their various platforms.
Last February, Skype launched a new feature to blur your room during video calls. The feature will be able to blur the background while on a video call with your contacts on Skype. Background blur is similar to what is available in Microsoft Teams. It allows you to concentrate on your calls without worrying whether your room is in a bad shape. All you need to do is to toggle, then right-click, or even go through your Skype settings to instantly and subtly blur your background.
Background blur in Skype uses artificial intelligence to keep you in focus during video calls. It has been trained to detect your hair, hands, and arms, which enables you to make a call with background blur in a more relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The feature does not interfere with the usual process associated with making Skype video calls.
Background blur for Skype is available on desktop, the web and mobile; but you need the latest version of the app/software to start using it.
If you have tried any of the aforementioned features before now, you could drop your comment to help us know how important they are to your ability to have a meaningful conversation while using Skype.