Skype was launched over a decade back, i.e. 15 years to be exact. It was initially bought for $2.5 billion by eBay and later on it was acquired by Microsoft for $8.5 billion. But none of them thought about bringing few of the most obvious features to Skype.
One of the main concerns that many people had, is the fact that Skype had no in-built call recording feature.
Well, not anymore. Skype has officially announced in its blog post, about its upgrade with Skype 8.0. It has many new features which should have been added right at the beginning. But well, better late than never.
More details on Skype’s Call Recording feature –
Previously there were many third party apps which were used to record your Skype calls. The company’s own FAQ page were filled with these call recording related questions. Few of the commonly used are Avaer and Ecamm Call Recorder.
Here is a list of the third party app suggestions (shown in the adjacent figure).
This call recording feature is basically cloud-based. This can be very useful for those who prefer working on different devices. They could have an access to their conversations from anywhere.
It should be noted that whenever the call begins to record, all the call members would be notified. Also, this feature would be available for all the devices including Windows, iOS, Android, Mac, and Linux.
This announcement was made on the 16th of July, and Microsoft describes the feature as follows –
“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.
We built the version 8.0 based on feedback from our community, adding exciting new features while ensuring it is simple to use with the same familiar interface of the 7.0 version.”
What are all the upcoming features on Skype 8.0?
These are the following features-
- Private conversations with end-to-end encryption powered by Signal protocol.
- Read receipts, group links and profile invites.
- Call recording as mentioned earlier.
- Much like WhatsApp, Skype too allows a chat media gallery whenever you use “@” along with the user’s name. It’s also useful for notifications on group chat.
- You could drag-and-drop files as well as share pictures or videos of up to 300 MB.
- It has also started experimenting a new Content Creator Mode, which allows vloggers, streamers or podcasters to integrate Xsplit, Vmix and Wirecast easily into Skype.
- It now allows free HD videos and group calls comprising over 24 people at once.
This call recording feature can be officially available possibly by the end of this month. Although the updated version can be downloaded by clicking here.
Note: The old versions of Skype will be unavailable from the 1st of September, 2018.