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Skype version 8.52 brings group call scheduling, better contact sharing

Microsoft is rolling out a new update to Skype on all platforms, bringing the version number to 8.52. The latest release includes a few new features depending on what platform you're on. First, there's the ability to schedule group calls, which is available for Skype on both desktop and mobile devices.

For desktop users, it's also now possible to share a contact with someone by dragging them from the contact list and into the conversation. Rather than immediately adding them as a member of the conversation, Skype will now ask you if you want to add the contact to the conversation, or simply share the contact information with the other user. As for Android and iOS, the app now supports the system-wide dark mode on the latest versions of both systems - Android 10 and iOS 13.

This release also includes a number of smaller improvements, most of them focused on the Split View UI on desktop devices. Here's the list:

  • conversation window sizes and positions remembered in Split View
  • ability to move and resize your video preview during a video call in Split View
  • focus in composer after opening the conversation in Split View
  • indication of new messages in the individual conversation windows in Split View
  • minimized windows are restored when a conversation is activated from recent chats or the call monitor window in Split View
  • grouped notifications on Android

The update is dated for September 16, though the changelog has only been published today. As such, it's possible you've already received this update, but if you haven't, it should be rolling out in the coming days.

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