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Need to record an important Skype call? You can now do that directly within the app itself.

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Skype has introduced a quick way to record, save, and share both video and audio calls. The new recording feature is now available for the Skype mobile and desktop apps. Support for the Skype Windows 10 app is due with a new release in the coming weeks, Skype parent Microsoft said in a blog post. After you record the call, you can play the recording within Skype, save it as an external video file, and even share it with other people. The feature is cloud-based, so you can access each recording from any computer or device with Skype.

Recording a call in Skype used to require a third-party program, making the process more challenging than it needed to be. The new feature simplifies the task by incorporating audio and video recording directly into Skype itself. That should prove helpful to individuals who just want to record a special call, business users who need a record of their calls, and podcasters who use Skype to create their programs.

"When we added video to Skype calls over ten years ago, the ability to share important moments with loved ones took a big step forward," Microsoft said in its blog post. "Today, we're introducing call recording to help capture special moments in a Skype call with your loved ones or record important meetings with your colleagues. As soon as you start recording, everyone in the call is notified that the call is being recorded -- so there are no surprises. If you are on a video call, Skype will record everyone's video as well as any screens shared during the call."

To trigger the Skype recording in the mobile app or desktop program, start your audio or video call. Click or tap the + sign and select the command to Start recording. A message flashes on the screens of the other people telling them that you're recording the call. To stop the recording, click or tap the + sign again and select the command to Stop recording, or just end the call.

The recording then appears as a window in Skype where you can play it, pause it, or move to a specific point using the scrubber. The recording lasts in Skype for only 30 days, so you'll need to save it to keep a permanent copy.

With the desktop app, click the three dots for More options at the upper right of the recording window. Click the command to Save to "Downloads" to store it in your Downloads folders. Click the command to Save as to store it in a different location. The file is saved in MP4 format, even if it's an audio recording.

To access the file in the Downloads folder, click Show in folder. To share the recording with someone else, click Forward. From your contacts, choose the person to whom you want to send the recording. To delete the recording, click Remove. If you want to share or delete multiple recordings, click Select Messages. Check the circle next to each recording you wish to include. Click the Forward or Remove button at the bottom.

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With the mobile app, press the recording. You can now save the recording, in which case it's sent to your photo library. You can forward it to one of your Skype contacts or remove that recording. Tap Select Messages to select multiple recordings to forward or remove them in one shot.

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Takeaways

  1. Skype now lets you record audio and video calls from the mobile or desktop app. Support for the Windows 10 app is coming.
  2. Skype stores the recording for 30 days. You can save it as an external MP4 file as well as share it with other people.

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Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books - "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time" and "Teach Yourself VISUALLY LinkedIn."