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Skype Preview adds screen sharing feature on iOS and Android

14 April 2019

Apple device owners who want the Skype Preview iOS app will need to get it through Apple's TestFlight program.

The brand new feature included in Skype's latest update for Android and iOS makes it possible for users to share the smartphone's screen during video calls.

While Microsoft hasn't yet announced a timeframe for the public release of the feature, but as pointed out by 9to5Mac, features usually roll out within a couple of months after an insider beta.

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The app's insider build adds a Share screen option in the call menu so you can broadcast your screen to colleagues, friends, or family. This functionality is useful in a number of situations, including showing someone content that can't be sent, enabling others to watch you as you perform an activity, or for remotely showing presentations.

With the Screen Share feature in action, users can share the screen during a video call. Before now, Cisco WebEx, GoTo Meeting, and Zoom have all launched and enabled the feature on their various platforms. The latest Skype Preview v8.43.76.52 introduces the Screen Share on the most popular free voice-over IP and instant messaging service.

Skype also confirmed in its community post that the feature will come to both Android or iOS devices, but it is unclear when will that happen.

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But The Verge says that despite being part of the Skype Insider programme, they weren't able to spot the feature yet.

Background blur in Skype uses artificial intelligence to keep you in focus during video calls. The feature is definitely promising and very useful so we can expect it to see it on the stable version soon.

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Skype Preview adds screen sharing feature on iOS and Android