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How To Setup Skype Push to Talk Button

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If you are looking for ways to Setup Skype Push to Talk Feature, then you are at the right place. With the help of this guide, you will be able to setup skype push to talk in Mac, Windows and even on Skype Business.

Skype is a telecommunications application software product. It provides video chat and voice calls between computers, tablets, mobile devices, the Xbox One console, and smartwatches via the Internet and to regular telephones. Skype additionally provides instant messaging services. Users may transmit both text and video messages. And may exchange digital documents such as images, text, and video. Skype allows video conference calls.

Skype implements a freemium model. Much of the service is free, but Skype Credit or a subscription is required to call a landline or a mobile phone number. At the end of 2010, there were over 660 million worldwide users, with over 300 million estimated active each month as of August 2015. At one point in February 2012, there were 34 million users concurrently online on Skype.

Skype – History

First released in August 2003, Skype was created by the Swede Niklas Zennström and the Dane Janus Friis, in cooperation with Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, Estonians who developed the backend that was also used in the music-sharing application Kazaa. In September 2005, eBay acquired Skype for $2.6 billion.

In September 2009, Silver Lake, Andreessen Horowitz, and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board announced the acquisition of 65% of Skype for $1.9 billion from eBay, which attributed to the enterprise a market value of $2.92 billion. Microsoft bought Skype in May 2011 for $8.5 billion. The division headquarters are in Luxembourg, but most of the development team and 44% of all the division’s employees are still situated in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.

Skype – Features and Uses

Skype allows users to communicate over the Internet by voice using a microphone, by video using a webcam, and by instant messaging. Skype-to-Skype calls to other users are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones (over traditional telephone networks) are charged via a debit-based user account system called Skype Credit. Some network administrators have banned Skype on corporate, government, home, and education networks, citing such reasons as inappropriate usage of resources, excessive bandwidth usage, and security concerns.

Skype originally featured a hybrid peer-to-peer and client–server system. Skype has been powered entirely by Microsoft-operated supernodes since May 2012. The 2013 mass surveillance disclosures revealed that Microsoft had granted intelligence agencies unfettered access to supernodes and Skype communication content.

Features as per Date of Update

  • On 15 September 2015, Skype announced the release of Mojis, “a brand new way to express yourself on Skype.” Mojis are short clips/gifs featuring characters from films and TV shows to be entered into conversations with the same ease as emoticons. They are working with Universal Studios, Disney Muppets, BBC and other studios to add to the available collection of Mojis.
  • On 21 December 2015, Gurdeep Singh Pall, Corporate Vice President of Skype, announced that Microsoft acquired the technology from Talko, “maker of an innovative mobile app for on-the-go business communications (…) Together, the new technology and talent will help us deliver great new features and capabilities in both Skype and Skype for Business.”
  • January 2016, Skype announced it would roll out free group video calling to users on mobile devices, including iOS and Android.
  • In February 2016, Microsoft announced that it had started to introduce group calling on smartphones and tablets in North America and Western Europe.
  • In July 2016, Skype introduced an early Alpha version of a new Skype for Linux client, built with WebRTC technology, after several petitions had asked Microsoft to continue development for Linux.
  • On 30 September 2016, Skype updated their iOS app with new features, including an option to call contacts on Skype through Siri voice commands.
  • On 27 October 2016 Microsoft launched Skype for Business for Mac.
  • In February 2017, Microsoft announced plans to discontinue its Skype Wi-Fi service globally. The application was delisted, and the service itself became non-functional from 31 March 2017.
  • On 5 June 2017, Microsoft announced its plans to revamp Skype with similar features to Snapchat, allowing users to share temporary copies of their photos and video files.
  • In late June 2017, Microsoft rolled out their latest update for iOS, incorporating a revamped design and new third-party integrations, with platforms including Gfycat, YouTube, and UpWorthy. It was not well received, with numerous “1 star” reviews and complaints that the new client broke existing functionality

With so many exciting features of Skype with every update, its hard to talk about all these in a single article. So in this article we are going to talk about one of the most exciting features of Skype “Push to Talk Button”. Here we are going to describe the feature and also tell you how you can enable and setup it in your Pc.

Skype Push To Talk Button

The latest version of Skype update include new push to talk feature button to allow instant toggle for microphone muting while on a Skype Call. Skype For Business Push To Talk feature also known as toggle mute key. This Awesome Feature has been one of the most requested Features by Skype MAC And Windows Users. And that finally allow for Gamers to prevent others hearing. Skype Push To Talk Feature is used to Mute the Microphone while doing something else until you are ready to Talk with other. This Feature is most used during Multi-Tasking Routines like while Playing Multi-Player games online.

How to Setup Skype Push To Talk Feature

Follow the steps given below to enable Skype Push to Talk feature on your Mac or Windows !!

  • Open the Skye App by clicking on the icon.
  • Log in to your account.
  • On the top of the window, we could see the Tools option, click on it and then we get a drop-down menu.

  • Select the Options from the drop-down menu.
  • After we select the Options, we could see a menu on left side of the screen/window. Select the Advanced option at the bottom of the menu

  • Now we will get some subcategories under this option, click on the option Hotkeys. 

  • Once done, we will get a list of options on the right side of the window with multiple options.
  • Here at the end, we can see an option as Toggle Mute(push to talk).
  • Check the box and click on button Change selected shortcut.
  • Your Push to Talk feature is successfully set up and now you can use it

Note: Do not forget to un-mute. We could see the mute button at bottom of the Skype window, if you are on mute, un-mute it. 

Also Read: How to Record Calls on WhatsApp

Well, that was it. It’s not that difficult to setup push to talk button on Skype. If you are still facing issues then let us know in comments.

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Bhupinder Singh

I'm a programmer. I basically write about tech and programming languages. I'm currently pursuing B.tech in Information Technology in Bhopal. I'm a geek and a self-learner. I love python. ;-)