Audio calling allows users to initiate voice calls in 1-2-1 conversations and Multiparty chats. Support for a call between users on MLA and users on the native Skype desktop client is included.
These calls are directly between two users. During a conversation, or without even starting an exchange, a user can click the call icon from the dock menu or the top of the active conversation to ring the other user. The receiver will encounter a ringing dock notification that they can answer or decline.
Declined calls or unavailable users will display an error banner for the callers, stating the reason for failure. When a microphone cannot be detected an error message displays after logging in.
Calling works as more of an opt-in call. A running multiparty shows the call icon when audio calls are enabled, with users being able to join at will. Other users will not get a ringing notification in this case, but the members' list will update to show which users are on a call (along with their microphone's mute state)
It is important to know that these multiparty calls are compatible with Skype conferences, meaning a skype meeting can begin and can users connect to the call. Users on MindLink Anywhere can be invited during the multiparties creation or later into the meeting, and will be able to join the call by clicking the icon.
For more detailed coverage of the technical details and browser compatibility see the latest MLA Technical Overview document.