Microsoft Is Adding Skype Cross-Platform Call Recording This Month

Microsoft has big plans in store for its Skype messaging/video conferencing client. The company just confirmed that it will add integrated call recording to the popular cross-platform client starting later this month.

This won't be a case in which voice and video recordings are stored on your computer’s hard drive/SSD or your smartphone's internal storage: it will be a fully cloud-based solution. That means you will be able to access the cloud recordings from any device at any time (as long as you have an internet connection).

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"As soon as you start recording, everyone in the call is notified that the call is being recorded—so there are no surprises," writes the Skype team in a blog post. "Call recordings combine everyone’s video as well as any screens shared during the call."

This seems like a pretty good idea to save memories with loved ones, or to have an archive of important video chat sessions with team members at work. It also means that third-party solutions like Evaer have been put on notice now that Microsoft is delivering a fully-functional first-party solution for users.

In addition, Microsoft has announced that the desktop client is receiving a complete overhaul. This new update brings the client to version 8.0 and takes on a UI design aesthetic more reminiscent of the mobile versions of Skype. Microsoft says that users of the "Classic" Skype desktop client will be forced to upgrade to version 8.0 starting September 1st.

"Everything about this new version, from the underlying performance improvements to the usability enhancements, is designed to keep you connected to the people who matter most," writes Microsoft. "We built Skype version 8.0 based on feedback from our community—adding exciting new features while ensuring it’s simple to use with the same familiar interface of Skype version 7.0."