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Microsoft Updates Skype with Live Code Editor

A new code editor for Skype allows users to share coding across seven popular languages in real-time. Microsoft says the feature is for interviews, but in theory it has numerous uses.


is giving its service a fresh new ability. Starting today, the communication app has a new code editor. With the addition, users are able to code in real-time while in a call with a contact. For the gate, Microsoft has added an array of supported code languages.

The code editor supports seven languages, including C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Python, and Ruby. Microsoft says syntax highlighting is available on all the programming languages. Additionally, the feature comes with real-time execution:

“This new preview feature allows you to have a video call on top of a code editor that runs in your or Chrome browser (version 32 or above). It only works for browsers set to English. You just need Skype.com—no other apps to download.”

Microsoft says the code editor is for Skype users who want to interview. Specifically, interviewers assessing engineering and coding abilities in a candidate. That's not to say the feature cannot be used by all Skype users.

For example, a user could write a program and share it live with a contact. It would also have benefits for programming students and workers in a collaborative effort. It is worth noting, however, that the code editor is not currently available for the Skype desktop app. Instead, it is rolling out on the web version on browsers.

Skype Changes

Microsoft has recently overhauled the Skype experience. Far from a lick of paint, the company completely change the look and feel of the service across platforms.

The fresh look Skype comes with a lighter and more efficient experience. Microsoft borrowed off rivals like Facebook and Snapchat to modernize the app. Among the important new features in the new Skype are Highlights and additions to Bots and Add-ins.

Skype is now more customizable with colored themes, while users can also use emoticons in video calls and chats.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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