Today, Microsoft announced that it’s killing off Skype version 7, also known as Skype classic, and upgrading everyone to Skype version 8. Also in the announcement though, the company listed some upcoming features for the service that are either rolling out now or coming this summer.
One of those new features is call recording. That means that you’ll be able to record a video call with a special love one, or meeting with colleagues. It’s great if you’re someone that frequently tries to take notes during a call, and might miss something.
Here’s the full list of new features coming:
Skype version 8.0 rolling out on iPad—Features such as quoted messages, personalized themes, chat list, @mentions, and more are now available on the Skype for iPad experience.
Read receipts—See at a glance who’s read your messages. Once someone reads your message, their avatar appears beneath it in the Skype chat—enabling you to see how far someone has read in the conversation without tapping every message. This is especially useful in group conversations to help you make sure everyone is caught up with the latest messages.
Private Conversations—Have end-to-end encrypted Skype audio calls and send text messages or files—such as images, audio, or videos—using the industry standard Signal Protocol. Messages and notifications in these conversations will be hidden in the chat list to keep the information you share private. More information can be found at the Private Conversations FAQ.
Call recording—Take call snapshots to the next level with call recording. Capture a special Skype calls with loved ones or record important meetings with colleagues. Call recording is completely cloud-based, and as soon as you start recording, everyone in the call is notified that the call is being recorded—so there are no surprises. Call recordings combine everyone’s video as well as any screens shared during the call.
Profile invites—Easily start a conversation or call with people who aren’t on Skype yet. Simply go to your profile in Skype and tap the Share Profile option to invite friends to join you on Skype.
Group links—Quickly get a group together on Skype, for either a group chat or call. Create a new group and tap the Invite More People option to share a link to your group. Anyone you send the link to can join your group quickly and simply.
As you can see, the Skype team is always working on new features for the app. The company has also said that it’s actively working on stability, something that the service has historically struggled with.
We are ALL over this and working very closely with the backend team (which is positioned across Teams and Skype so the focus and business priority is there). Thanks for the feedback. We are listening.
— peter skillman (@peterskillman) July 6, 2018
Call recording should come in handy for a variety of use cases though, and it’s about time that Skype had a built-in feature like that. Users will no longer need a third-party app or service to record their meetings, interviews, and calls.