Skype update introduces call recording
Users of Microsoft's Skype messaging application for desktop and mobile operating systems can use a new call recording feature that Microsoft built into the application recently.
Call recording functionality has been a much requested feature and while there have been options in the past to record Skype calls, all of them required the use of third-party software or direct audio & video recording.
The new built-in recording functionality changes that. It is available in the desktop and mobile versions of Skype and will become available in mid September 2018 in the Windows 10 app version of Skype as well.
How to record Skype calls
Microsoft integrated native call recording in Skype. The option to record calls is available on desktop and mobile versions of Skype:
- On desktop: click on the plus-icon during calls and select "start recording" from the context menu that is displayed.
- On mobile: tap on the plus-sign during calls and select "start recording" with another tap to start the recording.
Skype displays a notification to all users that the call is being recorded; this is done so that anyone who participates in the call knows that it is being recorded.
How to download recorded Skype conversations
Recorded calls are stored for 30 days before they are removed. One interesting feature of call recording in Skype is that recorded calls become available to all users and not only the user who started the recording.
Anyone who participated in the chat can download the recording in that 30 day period. Desktop users need to select the "more options" button when the chat is open and then "save to downloads" or "save as" to save the call to the local system.
Save to downloads stores the call in the Downloads folder on Windows, save as displays the save dialog to pick a custom folder to save the recorded call.
Calls are recorded as mp4 files that all modern media players support.
Skype mobile users need to tap and hold the recorded call in chat to display a menu. The selection of save from the menu stores the file in the mp4 format on the local device.
Recorded Skype calls can be shared. Just follow the process to download the recording described below but select the Forward option instead of save to forward it to contacts.
Closing words and verdict
Skype recordings play in the majority of media players. Just double-click or tap on the downloaded file to play it in the player associated with the format on the desktop or mobile system.
It is still possible to use third-party programs like Audacity to record conversations directly if that is what you prefer. While you may need to check whether that is legal in your jurisdiction, the main advantage doing so is that the recording is not stored on Microsoft servers for the next 30 days.
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