Skype can now make emergency calls in the US2022-02-21 19:05 by Daniela
Microsoft recently shipped an update for the desktop version of Skype that adds support for emergency calling in the United States. Skype users can now call 911 and share their location information with emergency operators through their PCs.
Microsoft says in a support article that Skype can automatically share a user's current location when they call 911 "for the purpose of routing your call and providing location information to your local emergency operator." (Assuming the app is allowed to access the user's location data.) Location sharing is switched off by default, though, and you'll have to opt in first. To do so, click on your profile picture on Skype, go to Privacy under Settings to toggle on 911 emergency location sharing. You can switch it off anytime you want.
There are some limitations. "If you are operating from a device that does not have an API for location sharing or are in a location where location sharing is unavailable," Microsoft says, "your location will not be shared automatically with the emergency services operator."
Skype 8.80 also includes some other changes - including support for custom reactions on mobile, the ability to zoom in on the share screen, and a bump to the maximum length of voice messages from two minutes to five minutes - and is available now for desktop and mobile platforms alike.
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