Skype Testing Feature on iOS and Android That Lets You Share Your Screen With a Friend

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    Skype has begun testing a feature on the iOS and Android beta versions of the company's app, allowing users to share their screens during a call (via The Verge). According to Microsoft, this will let users share a PowerPoint presentation with coworkers, browse dating apps with friends, or go online shopping with a family member.

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    To see the new addition, you must be part of the Skype Insider program for beta testers, which you can sign up for on the company's website. To get to screen sharing, beta testers can tap on the ellipsis icon during a call and select "Share Screen." Skype didn't give any indication about a wider launch for the feature.

    Earlier this month, Skype increased the number of users that can be on the same audio or video group call to 50 (previously the max was 25). This update put Skype ahead of Apple's FaceTime for the number of users that can take part in a group call, since FaceTime supports a maximum of 32 people.

    Article Link: Skype Testing Feature on iOS and Android That Lets You Share Your Screen With a Friend
     
  2. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    If they let you share with all callers on a call they will have a low cost alternative to go to meeting type apps. I have used the multiple caller feature and it works well, have not tried to add a call if someone calls me while on a call. If that works Skype would be a good alternative for conference calls for individuals or small businesses; if they extend it to the Mac and PC apps.
     
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    Anyone knows other iOS app except “Zoom”, what can offer screen sharing during video group call? Skype try’s to clean a mess made in last couple years.
     
  4. RickDEGH macrumors newbie

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    Skype has done a lot to stay relevant in an industry where old players have been replaced by new ones. I use Skype everyday - more than I did 10 years ago. Kudos!
     
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    Same here. It is the most reliable VIOP I have found for overseas calling; as well as for when I want to use my computer for a call. The only issue I have is some countries block Skype2Skype so for them I use Whatsapp, but that requires the other party to have it as well; or I simply use Skype and pay a few cents a minute.
     
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    Too bad Apple hasn’t added this to FaceTime. That would be truly useful for those of us with family that are computer illiterate even on iOS. I’m definitely interested in trying out Skype again just for this feature.
     
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    For PowerPoint/Keynote and Group business meeting Zoom is way much better. Almost everyone I know has not used Skype in years.
     
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    Yes Skype is a fighter.
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    Zoom is not free and it’s slow.
     
  9. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

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    Especially if the person on the other end can give you "mouse and keyboard" control.
     
  10. justperry macrumors G3

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    Something must have changed, I used Skype over a decade ago when it was still good, last time I tried was several years ago, calling to a certain country in Asia sucked, FaceTime almost never had connection problems, with Skype it was rule rather than exception, horrible experience.

    I am actually surprised they are still there.
     
  11. RickDEGH macrumors newbie

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    Give it another shot
     
  12. justperry macrumors G3

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    There's plenty of other options so No, I won't.
     
  13. dzankizakon macrumors newbie

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    Who needs Skype when there’s MSN Messenger!
     
  14. jeboer macrumors newbie

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    Webex Meetings will let you share from all type of devices (including 3D content), record, etc from small to huge audiences including security features
     
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    Did you like to point out Skype's collaboration with the NSA, which leaked back then?
     
  16. aka20p macrumors newbie

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    Sharing iOS screen via conference call is not new. GoToMeeting been supporting it for about a year. I used it a few times and was very happy when the results.
     
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    It seems to be new to Skype.
     
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    Since my company use Skype for business it would be nice if that works on iPad too. A downside for many calls I take from home with iPad instead of carry my laptop home for only that purpose.
     
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    Which is rather weird, because screen recording is an API that Apple added themselves.
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    Skype had screen sharing on PC and Mac for at least a decade.
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    It's an official Apple-provided API - and Apple made sure to make it as secure as possible (it is only screen sharing - not remote screen control; it is only user initiated; it is always indicated by red bar on top of the screen; etc).
     
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    Thanks. I did not realize that.
     

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