Did Microsoft Kill Off Call Pop-Up Window In The Latest Skype Update?

Microsoft is constantly working on new features for its popular chat application Skype. However, it’s killing out many important features at the same time. The company is pretty brutal at removing all those features that it thinks that people are not using them.

The worst thing is we can’t really predict what Skype features could be getting the chop. Neither does it share the list of endangered features. Perhaps another important feature in Skype has met the same fate. Some Skype users noticed that the call pop-up window is no longer available in the latest Skype update.

According to the reports, the window disappears as soon as a user clicks the share screen button during a video call. Here’s is how the OP explained the problem on the Microsoft Answers forum:

“Since i updated my skype with new version, I am unable to see the small pop up of video on video call that would appear before on the side. I do screen sharing for the lessons and this small video on the skype would help me before but now i need to go back to skype window to see the student. why is this change with the update? how to fix it. i want my student video to be on the screen while i share my screen over video call. ANy help? Thanks.”

Notably, Skype’s call pop-up window is a useful feature that allows you to view a small version of the video screen. The app keeps it on top of other windows so that you can continue to work during the conference calls. This change annoyed many people because they need to go back to the original Skype Window to see the other person.

It looks like the issue affected all platforms including Linux Operating System. It remains to be seen if it’s actually a bug or Microsoft has actually removed the feature. Maybe it’s an intentional change by Microsoft to push its users towards Microsoft Teams.

If so, many Skype fans would be sad to know that the Big M is killing off such an important feature in the app.


Alex Schoff

Alex is a technology reporter with a particular interest in Microsoft and Windows. He keeps a close eye on major developments related to Windows 10, Google Chrome, Office 365, and more.
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