Skype users can now call 911 from desktop

Deepak Gupta February 19, 2022
Updated 2022/02/19 at 1:50 PM

Skype announced that its US users can now use the platform to dial 911 from their home computer and that its software can share their location with emergency services if needed.

According for The Verge, the US is the latest addition to the list of regions with a Skype emergency service calling feature. Until now, it was only available in Australia, Denmark, Finland and the UK.

This move from Skype to allow 911 calling comes with some limitations, but it can be crucial for users who still have a proper internet connection when they lose access to a cell phone or landline in an emergency.

In a ‘Notice and Disclosures’ notice that appears before opting in to location sharing, Skype warns that the service does not work in the same way as a traditional phone call.

Users are encouraged not to make an emergency Skype call when outside their home region, as the call may be redirected elsewhere.

It also made it clear that a Skype outage, internet problems or power outages in the area could interrupt calls in situations where a traditional phone would still work.

In addition to making 911 calls with Skype 8.80, users can now leave a five-minute voice message instead of limiting it to two minutes.

According to The Verge, users will also get a choice of light or dark mode while on a call, can send personalized reactions, and have the ability to zoom in or out when they share their screen.

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