Microsoft is continuing to support the Touch Bar on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro laptop. The update comes with a couple of other additions and is available now. Microsoft flew the release under the radar and has not even written a blog about it.
Either way, Skype on Mac is now boosted to version 7.48. The big new feature here is certainly the Touch Bar support. Microsoft has supported the new MacBook feature since it was first unveiled last year.
Indeed, that’s why it is surprising the company has not made a bigger deal about the version 7.48 update and Skype support.
The Touch Bar is a Multi-Touch strip of Retina display that sits above the MacBook Pro keyboard. While Apple’s claims it revolutionizes the keyboard experience are a stretch, it is a very useful tool. The Touch Bar changes icons and settings depending which app is in use and what the user is doing.
By adding Touch Bar support to the Skype experience on MacBook, users get added functionality. For example, users will see their photo and name of the person they are in contat with. There are also controls, such as Mute, Start Video, and Hang Up. The Touch Bar also sports familiar buttons such as Siri, volume, and the Esc key.
It is worth mentioning that Touch Bar support on works when actively engaged in a call. We hope that Microsoft will eventually add general Skype support for controls through the app.
Microsoft Touch Bar Support
Skype is certainly not the first Microsoft service to get Touch Bar treatment The company has already rolled out support for Office applications and Outlook. By using the Touch Bar, Office users get the following abilities:
Word – The MacBook Pro Touch Pad lets users enter Word Focus Mode directly. The feature hides the ribbons and commands, which Microsoft says lets users focus on their work. Quick access presents the most common Word features instantly, while users can open the full app for all Ribbon commands.
PowerPoint – The Touch Bar doubles for the Reorder Objects button. This opens a graphical map of all layers on a slide. Users can manipulate the elements by rotating objects with the Touch Bar and moving objects to where it is wanted.
Excel – Users can see the most recently used functions when an ‘=’ is placed in a cell.
Outlook – The Touch Bar presents the most common commands from Outlook. Other features include a view of recent documents displayed on the Touch Bar. With a single tap, an attachment or link can be added to an email. Also, though the Today view, Outlook will join into a Skype for Business meeting