Microsoft is planning to allow Skype users to share their mobile screens during calls. The software maker has started testing new Android and iOS Skype apps that enable the screen sharing feature, allowing anyone to share anything on their phone displays to friends, family, or coworkers. Microsoft suggests Skype users might use this for sharing PowerPoint presentations, “swipes on dating apps,” or for online shopping with friends.
This also means Skype, which is more for consumers and small businesses, catches up to more business-focused apps like Cisco WebEx, GoTo Meeting, and Zoom that have all implemented mobile screen sharing previously. You’ll need to be a Skype Insider (beta tester) to get access to the mobile screen sharing feature, and you can sign up for beta access here.
We tested the latest iOS beta, but weren’t able to get screen sharing working. Microsoft does make it clear this is coming to both Android and iOS in its community post announcing the feature, and even shows screenshots of it running on iOS. It’s likely that the company simply hasn’t enabled it on the iOS beta just yet.
It’s not clear when Microsoft plans to enable this for everyone running mobile Skype, but given the 50 video chat participant feature was in beta for less than a month, we expect to see this rolling out very soon.