Skype Video Calls Get Automatic Background Blur

Not too keen on showing the background when you’re in a Skype video call? Microsoft is introducing just the perfect solution for you. The company has revealed that Skype will now automatically blur the background in a video call so that the focus always remains on the subject and not what’s behind them.


Microsoft Integrates OneDrive Storage With Skype

With there being so many different cloud storage services to choose from, like Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud, and OneDrive, how do you know which you should use? Microsoft is hoping that Skype users will pick OneDrive because the company has announced that they are integrating OneDrive storage with Skype.


Skype Also Gets Live Captions And Subtitles

Microsoft hasn’t just announced the rollout of live captions and subtitles for PowerPoint today. It has also been confirmed that this feature is coming to Skype as well. This announcement was made to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Skype will now be able to provide its users call captioning with live subtitles and captions.


You Can Make Skype Calls Through Alexa Now

It was announced in September this year that Amazon Echo Show devices will be able to make voice and video calls with Skype. This would finally allow Echo Show owners to use one of the world’s most popular voice and video calling services to connect with their loved ones. This feature is now available starting today.


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Alexa Will Support Skype Calling Later This Year

Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices allow users to do all kind of things, ranging from making appointments, setting reminders, checking the news, weather, traffic, and controlling smart home gadgets, just to name a few. However if VoIP calls are something you’d like to see Alexa do, then you might be pleased to learn that Skype calls will be supported by Alexa soon.


Skype Finally Gets A Call Recording Feature

Some might argue that recording calls can be an invasion of one’s privacy, but there are times when a bit of posterity is required, and also there are times like maybe a call session with a loved one could be worth recording as well. Regardless of your reasons, you might be interested to learn that Skype has finally gained that ability.


Microsoft Will Be Redesigning Skype Again, Focusing On Simplicity

It seemed like it wasn’t too long that Microsoft released a new version of Skype where it featured a brand new design. However it looks like Microsoft could be going back to the drawing board again, as announced on the Skype Blog in which Microsoft revealed their plans to redesign the app, this time with a focus on simplicity.


Skype’s Encrypted Private Conversations Feature Is Now Available

At the start of the year, Microsoft announced that they will be rolling out a new feature for Skype in the form of end-to-end encryption with the Private Conversations feature. If this sounded like a feature you were looking forward to, then you’ll be pleased to learn that the feature is now live and available across multiple platforms.


Skype Testing New Texting Feature For PCs

Since a lot of us work on our computers, having to stop halfway to respond to messages on our phones can be distracting and annoying, which is why many messenger apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, LINE, KakaoTalk, and more have desktop counterparts so that we can keep working on our computers without having to switch back and forth.


Upcoming Skype Update Will Let Users Archive Conversations

While Skype has been around for a very long time, it feels that the chat app is lacking features that many other chat apps launched after it have since included. For example read receipts were only recently added, and for an app that was initially marketed for making calls over the internet, call recording was a feature that was only added last month.


Spotify Integration Will Be Coming To Skype

Spotify has been slowly integrating itself into apps, allowing users to search, play, and share music directly in whatever app they’re using, such as Facebook Messenger. Now it looks like Spotify might have found a new home because it has been announced that Spotify integration will soon be coming to Skype.


Microsoft Says That Skype Classic Will Be Sticking Around (For Now)

As companies go through various iterations of their apps, naturally it means an evolution in terms of design and features, and it also means that eventually older versions will stop being supported. Such was the case with Microsoft’s Skype 7.0 (also known as Skype Classic) in which there were plans to stop supporting it.


Skype Finally Gets A Call Recording Feature

You’d think that call recording would be one of the basic features that Skype would offer but that’s not the case. Almost 15 years after the service was first release, a call recording feature has just now been confirmed for Skype and it will be released later this month. Microsoft has confirmed that it’s adding a call recording feature to Skype.


Latest Skype Update Adds Read Receipts

Read receipts are a feature that can be commonly found in messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, iMessage, KakaoTalk, Telegram, LINE, Facebook Messenger, and so on. However for some reason Microsoft has never added the feature to Skype, at least until now in which they are doing so in the latest update to the app.