An update to the Skype for Android and iOS betas finally lets users share their screen during a video call. The feature, which debuts with version 188.8.131.52, has been long requested.
Under the new functionality, users can access a ‘Share screen’ option under the flyout menu during a video call. The feature will be particularly useful for quickly sharing documents, photos, or webpages for collaboration across devices.
“Want to show your coworkers a PowerPoint presentation? Or share your swipes on dating apps? Or maybe do some online shopping with your bestie? Starting today, Skype has you covered,” suggests Microsoft.
To access the build, you need a Skype Insider account, which is easy enough to acquire. You should be able to use the feature on any modern version of iOS or Android, though some bugs are to be expected at this stage.
Either way, it’s a strong improvement for an app that users have a love-hate relationship with. With options like Facetime, Discord, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp appearing for video chat, Skype has struggled to stay relevant. It’s modern revamp didn’t go down so well, either, alienating some of its userbase.
In recent months, though, Microsoft has been listening to the community, improving stability, adjusting features, and adding end-to-end encryption. It’s unlikely Skype will see widespread use as a social messaging app, but features like screen sharing make it more desirable both for productivity and casual use.