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Skype 5.8 Update for Windows Brings HD Video Calling & Group Screen Sharing

by Killian Bell | February 3, 2012February 3, 2012 5:00 am PDT

Skype on Windows

Skype has rolled out the latest update to its official Windows application today that introduces a number of newsworthy features. One of those is the ability to hold high-definition 1080p video calls.

Of course, you will need a HD webcam — such as the Logitech c920 — and a suitable broadband connection for 1080p video calls. Skype recommends a connection with at least a 2Mbps download speed. But this isn’t the only new feature in Skype version 5.8.

The update allows you to enjoy video calls with friends over Facebook, whether they have a Skype account or not. (Previously, all participants were required to be Skype users to video chat over Facebook.) There’s also a new “Push to Talk” feature that allows those who use Skype for multiplayer games to configure a hotkey for quick and easy access to microphone muting during the call.

Furthermore, you now have the ability to screen share your entire desktop — or just selected applications — with a group of people in a conference call. Though you will need a Skype Premium subscription to enjoy this feature.

The update is available to download now from the Skype website.

What do you think of the new features in Skype 5.8 for Windows?

[via Engadget]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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