Microsoft’s Skype gets ‘Together Mode’ viewing option that’s already in Teams


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Microsoft has added the “Together Mode” option that debuted in Teams to Skype. In the latest Skype version (Skype 8.67), Together Mode is one of a handful of new features available to various versions of Skype.

Together Mode is a viewing option that makes it appear as if all meeting participants are located in the same physically shared space instead of via a traditional grid view.

Microsoft officials have said they believe Together Mode will help alleviate virtual-meeting fatigue and make meetings feel more real. Initially, Microsoft launched Together Mode with an auditorium view but it since has added other options like coffee shops. Here are Microsoft’s instructions on switching viewing modes in Skype.

Microsoft is using AI segmentation technology to make this happen. Microsoft researcher and VR pioneer Jaron Lanier worked on this feature,  

Other new features in Skype 8.67 include the addition of Large

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My tech plan for a happier, healthier 2021

So long, 2020.

What a weird, wild rollercoaster of a ride that was. If I’d told you this time last year that the year had things like pandemics, masks, a massive surge in working from home, and a lot of weirdness on social media, I doubt you would have believed me.

Well, you might have believed the weirdness on social media bit. Social media has always been a hive of… weirdness.

I have to start out by saying that I’ve been very blessed in 2020.

My work has always been “work from home” (or wherever I happen to find even a whisper of a connection to the internet), and my work has continued uninterrupted. In many ways, along with my esteemed ZDNet team, I was in a good to advise and guide people and companies in the shift to working from home, because that’s what we have been doing —

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Developer of Amphetamine, which has been on the Mac App Store since 2014 and has 400K+ downloads, says Apple is threatening to remove the app due to its name (William C. Gustafson/GitHub)


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Developer of Amphetamine, which has been on the Mac App Store since 2014 and has 400K+ downloads, says Apple is threatening to remove the app due to its name  —  Amphetamine is a free app that helps keep your Mac awake.  Amphetamine has been on the Mac App Store since 2014 and it’s been downloaded over 432,800 times.… Read More