Microsoft will let you mute people in Skype calls

Microsoft keeps making more and more minor improvements to Skype in an attempt to win back the love of its users, who were unhappy with the release of Skype v8. Today, the messaging app is getting a couple of new additions to calls if you're an Insider, with the highlight being the ability to mute incoming audio from someone on a call.

The new mute button is available both in group calls, so you can mute specific people, and one-on-one calls. Muting incoming audio might seem somewhat counter-intuitive when you're on a call, but there might be scenarios where it's a welcome temporary solution. The feature joins the ability to disable incoming video, which has been part of Skype for some time now.

Another addition to calls is a "View Profile" option during calls, which, as you might have guessed, lets you view the profile of someone you're on a call with. This should make it easier to engage privately with someone you might be meeting for the first time on a group call.

The two new features are available with this week's Insider update to the Skype apps on Windows. If you're using the desktop app, it'll be on version 8.42.76.55, and those using the Microsoft Store app will want to look for version 14.42.54.0. Earlier this week, Microsoft added previews for files you're about to send.


Editor's note: The original article failed to mention that the feature is currently only available to Skype Insiders. We apologize for this oversight.

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