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Skype 5.7 beta for Windows with Group screen sharing and video calls to Facebook

Today we have released Skype 5.7 beta for Windows.

We are excited to introduce several new features for both home and business users.

The new features of the Skype 5.7 beta for Windows are:

  • Group screen sharing
  • Video calls to Facebook users
  • Push to Talk
  • Facebook contacts logic updates
  • Lot of bug fixes

You can download this new version from here and help us to improve Skype by giving your feedback. Please post your comments and suggestions on our Support Network and in case you see the odd bug then please report it to us on our public issue tracker, so that we can make the next release an even better one.

In addition if you would like to have just a short IM with us then please join our special Skype 5.7 beta for Windows public chat. This chat is to give you an opportunity to talk directly to Skype staff about your experiences with the new features in our 5.7 Beta. How they work? Do you like them? Anything to improve?

More about the features:

Group screen sharingGroupScreenShare.png

Group screen sharing is a neat feature for everyone who needs to organize meetings for remote parties.

It is now possible to conveniently share the your entire screen or a single application window to the other participants on the conference call whilst continuing to stream your own video as well.

To start a screen sharing just choose the + menu during the call and select share my screen.

Video calling to Facebook users

Now you can make video calls with all of your friends on Facebook, no matter if they are already a Skype users or not yet.

Having a video call with Facebook user is as simple as having one with Skype user, just select the person and click video call.

Push to Talk

We have introduced a Push to Talk feature in Skype. Many people who are playing multiplayer games have requested this from us.

With this feature you can set a hotkey which will toggle microphone muting on Skype call.

You can set the Push to Talk up on the hotkey’s selection under tools > options > advanced > hotkeys.

Facebook contacts logic updates

We have made few small updates to the Facebook contacts handling.

First of all we have revised how the online status is shown out on the Facebook. We are keeping now the online status of your Skype and Facebook users in sync, meaning when you set yourself ‘away’ on Skype the you will automatically appear ‘idle’ on Facebook.

There’s also a option to set yourself to be offline for everyone on Facebook, but still be logged into Skype.

In addition we have made changes how the Facebook contacts are displayed out in your Skype contact list. They’re now listed based on all the same logic as excisting Skype contacts are.

Lot of bug fixes.

We have devoted significant time to concentrate on bug fixing.

The release version is 5.7.0.123.

One thought on “Skype 5.7 beta for Windows with Group screen sharing and video calls to Facebook

  1. astronaute75 said 2 years ago

    I can only find “Push to mute” in Skype 5.9, how to enable “Push to talk”?
    I want to enable the microphone while a specified button is pushed, not the other way around.
    Can Skype do this?

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