I hate Skype with every fibre of my being, mostly because the Windows 10 version of it is a frequently broken mess. It’s a necessary evil though when it comes to business, and one of its best features is the ability to make international calls to actual landlines, using cheaper Skype-calling rates. It’s especially useful for us when we conduct interviews, as we often have to dial in for those.
Unfortunately, we often have to resort to really fast scribbling or suspect third-party programs to record those calls, because it’s curiously a feature that’s not available. It’s been the market leader in its segment for 15 years, and it still doesn’t have call recording. That’s going to change though. Skype’s going through quite a few changes, and though it’s not in the latest version yet, Skype will finally get voice recording.
In the meantime, the latest version of Skype is version 8.0. It’s rolling out right now, and will very soon be the only version of Skype that’ll continue to work on PC. As of September 1, other versions of Skype will stop functioning, so you may as well get the latest version now. This new version includes improved notifications, HD video calling and screensharing, assistant bots, and better file-sharing
As for the future? Here’s what’s coming to Skype:
- 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.
I still hate skype, but maybe with these improvements I’ll hate it…less.
Last Updated: July 17, 2018