Skype introduced Skype HD video calling with an updated version of Skype 5.8 for Windows. I might not be a big fan of HD video calling for now, all thanks to my Dell 1.3 MP integrated camera and Airtel FUP, which limits my 2MBPS broadband speed after 150Gb download. If you also share the same dilemma as me, you still have something nice to look into this update. Specially, Skype-Facebook users are going to love some additional enhancement in Skype 5.8.
One feature which might be very useful for hard core gamers and geek is assigning a hot key to mute microphone while on Skype calling. Something, that I have been waiting for long. Specially, if you are playing a multi-player game like counter strike, it’s going to be useful. We will look into it later, but for now, lets see some of major enhancement in skype. You can download skype latest version from the link given at the bottom.
Let me start with major change first:
Skype HD video calling requirement:
There are some small requirement which needed for having a smooth HD video calling experience with Skype. You need to have a decent broadband connection (2MBPS+), a HD webcam, which you can check out at amazon. Most of integrated cam is either 1.2, 2.0, 5.0MP camera and most likely they might not be HD enabled. So, for better experience you need to have a good HD camera. Skype blog suggested to look into LG C920 HD PRO cam which is listed on 2% off here on amazon. This cam can be used for video recording and for video calling. Useful for usual video recording too. Also, HD video call from Skype is limited to Windows OS to Windows OS for now, in future we may expect mac integration too.
Enhancement in Skype 5.8
Apart from Skype HD video calling, they also integrated many new features like
Group screen sharing:
This is an additional feature which is added in this updated version of Skype. It lets you share your screen while in a conference call along with video streaming. To share your screen with group or any application, click on + sign and click on share screens. See screenshot.
Video calling to Facebook users:
Facebook video call is powered by Skype and in this latest version of Skype, you can make video calls to other user while they are on web. They don’t need to have Skype installed or need to have Skype user. Seems like Skype, will come out as best Facebook messenger anytime soon. This is one feature which I’m sure make you download Skype.
Skype Push to talk:
Now, this is something for gamer or people who don’t want Skype to disturb them while watching anything or doing anything important. Skype Push to talk feature let you set a “hotkey” for microphone muting. You will find this new Push to talk hotkey settings under Tools> Options> Advanced> Hotkeys.
Along with above three, there are more feature enhancement added to Skype, which includes:
Bing toolbar integration (Way to go Bing), Facebook audio and video calling (web), Hide offline Facebook contacts.
Over all, Skype HD video call feature will be loved by a particular sector of Skype users, but in future this is going to be useful when internet era will completely move to High definition world.
Do let us know if you have a HD cam and you have tried this new HD video calling feature or tried video calling your Facebook friends from desktop. How was your experience?