Microsoft is Finally Adding a Built-In Call Recording Feature Into Skype

Skype launched 15 years ago, and, since then, one of the most oft-requested features for the service has been left to third-party options. But that is finally changing.

Microsoft announced this week that it will be adding a built-in call recording feature to Skype at the end of this month. The feature will be rolling out over time, with the initial rollout kicking off before July wraps up. Microsoft expects the feature to be available to all Skype users, those running the most up-to-date version of the app, in the near future.

The new built-in call recording feature is actually cloud-based, so it’s a cross-platform effort that includes Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and even Linux. It also means that if you want to check out a recorded call, you’ll be able to access that content wherever you are, as long as you’ve got a connection to the internet.

Microsoft notes that as soon as a recording is initiated, everyone in the call will be notified that the session is being recorded. The recordings will include everyone in the call’s video, and it will also include any and all screens shared during the broadcast as well.

The new feature begins rolling out at the end of this month. If you’re a Skype user, are you excited about this new addition?

Our Take

This is one of the features that has become a go-to option for third-party resources, with Microsoft essentially missing the boat over the years. But here we are, (almost) 15 years after launch, and a built-in screen recording feature is finally seeing the light of day. Of course, Apple will need to get on the boat with this, and probably soon, now that Microsoft has decided to launch its own feature. Apple’s Skype alternative, FaceTime, doesn’t offer a built-in ability to record calls, either. However, there are workarounds. If you want to know how to record your FaceTime calls, you can find out how right here.

[via The Verge]