Skype Insider Preview Now Allows Changing Call Background, and Much More

Microsoft has released a new Skype version to Insiders with plenty of interesting changes. Skype comes with an option to change your background during the call, create moderated groups, choose your own message reactions, and more.

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The change log comes with the following highlights:

  • Boring background? Or did you forget to clean up your room? No worries, just change the camera background!
  • Change your message reactions! With this feature you can use any existing emoticon as a message reaction. Just use /addreactions and have some fun. You can always remove it with /removereactions or /resetreactions commands.
  • Somebody kicked you out from the group? Teachers this one is for you because we love your feedback! From now on you can create new Moderated Groups! Nobody can mute you or kick you out anymore.
  • New grid view! So you can see up to 10 participants during the video call.
  • Control my screen – a simple remote control feature while screensharing
  • Enable global shortcuts - so you can perform Skype actions even when the app is minimized or not in focus. You will find it in Settings – General under Accessibility
  • Support for system dark theme under iOS 13

To set a custom background for a call session.

  1. Click your profile picture.
  2. Click  Settings ,then click Audio & Video.
  3. Under Choose background effect, you can choose an image you previously added, or Add a new image to customize your background effect.

Also, you can set a custom image as your Skype background during a call, as follows.

  1. During a call, hover over the video  button or click the More menu.
  2. Click Choose background effect.
  3. Choose an image you previously added, or Add a new image to customize your background effect.

Source: Microsoft

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

One thought on “Skype Insider Preview Now Allows Changing Call Background, and Much More”

  1. Skype has been basically dead ever since they rolled out a version designed by that ugly woman with blue hair.
    I stopped using Skype back when that came out and never looked back since. There are so many better alternatives. LINE, Telegram, Zoom, even shitty WhatsApp is better than Skype.

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