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One of the best features from Microsoft Teams just made its way to Skype

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What you need to know

  • Skype now supports Together Mode in video calls.
  • Together Mode is a popular feature from Microsoft Teams.
  • The same update that brings Together Mode also brings new backgrounds and other new features.

Skype recently received an update that brings it to version 8.67. The update brings support for Together Mode, a great feature that's also available on Microsoft Teams. Together Mode allows you to have everyone in a meeting appear as if they were in a single room.

The same update also adds Large Grid Mode, which lets you have more people on screen during a call at once. Here's everything that's new in the update, as found in its release notes (opens in new tab):

Skype for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web

  • Hanging out with the cool kids: We've introduced Together Mode to give everyone in your call the best seat in the house. And as if that wasn't enough, we've added Large Grid Mode so you can see everyone's video stream all at once. Learn more about switching views in a Skype video call
  • Let me add you: This version of Skype includes the option to add someone to an ongoing Skype call by their phone number as well as via Skype. Learn more about calling in Skype.
  • What's that behind you?: We've added more predefined backgrounds and more background categories, and we're adding more all the time. Learn more about changing your background in Skype.
  • Meet Now, Right Now: Meet Now is integrated in Windows 10, so you can meet with a simple click. Learn more about Meet Now
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements. Bugs? Stomped. Improvements? Made. Done.

Skype for Android

  • Let me add you: This version of Skype includes the option to add someone to an ongoing Skype call by their phone number as well as via Skype. Learn more about calling in Skype.
  • So many bubbles: The latest version of Skype includes support for Chat Bubbles, Priority Conversations, and Conversation Space on Android.
  • That's Fire: Good news if you're on an Amazon Kindle Fire: you're getting a new, updated version of Skype. Learn more about Skype versions.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements. Bugs? Stomped. Improvements? Made. Done.

The new features for Skype are rolling out gradually, so you might not see them right away.

Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

1 Comment
  • Used together mode on a call this past weekend. A little underwhelmed with the single scene offered. I imagine this is just the first release and options are coming. The ability of Skype to cut out each individual was both impressive and disappointing. The backgrounds for each participant popped in and out. Some more than others, which was annoying. No-one had a green screen set up, which I imagine would help. Have to be impressed it works as well as it does though.