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Microsoft Expands Skype Together Mode to 1:1 Calls

Skype has had Together mode from Microsoft Teams for some time, but is now expanding the feature to work on 1:1 calls.


With the growing popularity of and the focus is putting on that service, is becoming something of a forgotten platform. However, at least for now, Microsoft believes Teams and Skype can co-exist and provide differing functionality to users. In fact, Microsoft is now expanding its Together Mode feature on Skype.

With Together mode, Microsoft wants team members and meeting participants to appear as if they are in the same location. It is a small touch, but a nice one for organizations that value a uniform output.

By using AI segmentation, Microsoft Teams can place meeting participants within a shared background. The idea behind this is to make it look more like participants are in the same room together.

The feature originally landed on Teams in July 2020 and later came to Android and Skype users. However, on Skype the feature was limited to large meetings. Microsoft is now expanding the ability, so Together mode now works on 1:1 calls on Skype.

In the announcement by Skype chief Luis Carrasco, Microsoft also debuted a new Scene for the platform. Specifically, a plane scene.

Future of Skype

What will happen with Skype moving forward remains to be seen. For the time being, Skype is not going anywhere, but it is hard to see how it can continue to co-exist with Microsoft Teams in the long term.

This is especially true now that Microsoft Teams is being baked into Windows 11.

On , Microsoft Teams is now directly integrated into the platform. This means Teams users can unmute and mute voice and video calls in the system tray on the Taskbar.

Furthermore, when Teams is running in the background, a “Share this Windows” option is available when hovering over the app icon. This allows users to share an app windows with Teams contacts through the Taskbar.

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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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