Sometimes trying to explain what you are seeing on your screen to someone on a call just doesnt work. With screen sharing you can easily show exactly what you are looking at by simply calling your Skype contact and sharing all or part of your desktop.
Its great for sharing presentations with colleagues, or for showing off a killer move in a game. Its easy to do, and totally free.
You can share your screen with anyone using a video-capable version of Skype, and screen sharing is also available in Skype 4.1 for Windows, enabling cross-platform collaboration.
Skype Access (BETA)
When youre on your travels, connecting to WiFi hotspots can be, well, a right pain. Fiddling with your credit card, inserting numbers, etc. Skype Access removes that hassle simply pay by the minute for the time you need with Skype Credit.
Please note: Skype Access is still in beta in the Gold version of 2.8. Were keen to hear your feedback, so please let us know how you get on. Leave a comment below, or file an issue in our tracker.
Other new features
Improved chat management:
If (like me) youre in loads of Skype chats at the same time my current count is 456 youll welcome this one. You can now sort chats in the drawer and set priorities to chats, so you can deal with the most important messages first.
Its now much easier to add people to chats. Click Add in a chat window toolbar, and the Quick Add window appears. Start typing and itll search your contact list. To add someone to the chat, click their name in the Quick Add window.
Mood message chat:
You can use the mood message chat to keep up with your friends updates, and also update your own mood message. Its a bit like Twitter, but dont tell them we said that.
To switch on the mood message chat, check Show buddy mood messages in chat in the Advanced section of the Preferences window.
Large profile pictures:
Just like Skype 4.1 for Windows, you can now use images of up to 256 x 256 pixels.
Hidden avatars in incoming contact requests:
A small minority of Skype users have profile pictures which others may find unpleasant, and so theyre now hidden by default in contact requests.
Add notes to contacts:
You can add notes to a contact in their profile window handy for keeping track of whos who.
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