Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Microsoft brings screen sharing support to Skype app on iOS and Android

Microsoft brings screen sharing support to Skype app on iOS and Android

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. 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. Apple device owners who want the Skype Preview iOS app will need to get it through Apple's TestFlight program.

The Screen Share feature is rolling out for Skype Insider (beta) users on Android and iOS for now.

Skype won't be the first of such apps to implement screen sharing among users. This functionality is useful in a number of situations, including showing someone content that can't be sent, enabling others to watch you as you perform an activity, or for remotely showing presentations. On a more casual front, Microsoft offers examples where a screen is shared to do "online shopping with your bestie" or to "share your swipes of dating apps".

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When you share your screen with someone else, they will see everything you see on your iOS device. "Starting today, Skype has you covered", the company says. The latest Skype Preview v8.43.76.52 introduces the Screen Share on the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service. And because it's baked into Skype, you don't need any special software or settings configurations to use it. But considering that the feature that allowed video chat with 50 participants was in beta for less than a month, we expect this to be rolled out soon too. The app is always improving via new updates, and another one just landed.

Screen-sharing, which allows Skype users to look at the same computer screen and collaborate without being in the same room, is being tested by Skype for a mobile release.

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