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Remarkable features of Skype

Welcome to the unofficial blog of Skype

The unofficial blog www.skaip.org is dedicated to the popular program Skype — a free, multifunctional Internet messenger, which allows users to make audio and video calls, write instant messages using chat, send files, share the screen, make group calls, call to mobile and landline phones and receive calls from them, send SMS-messages and use other interesting features.

This blog regularly publishes information on the latest developments related to Skype, including new releases, the latest news, interesting facts and official announcements. In addition, here you will find useful guides, tips, secrets, error description and even video tutorials. In a word, here you will learn everything about Skype.

One of the main advantages of the blog is the download section, where each user can download Skype free of charge for the desired operating system. Such systems as Windows, Android, iOS, Mac OS X and Linux have access not only to the latest releases of the program, but also to older versions, by which, if necessary or desired, it is easy to revert to previous versions of Skype.

It is important to emphasize that all installation files are genuine — as soon as a new version appears, we upload it on our server without any changes. That's why we only have the original versions of Skype which can be downloaded through a direct link. If you need an installation file, download it without registration, SMS messaging, premium services or waiting for an hour until the file is downloading.

No less important is the fact that this blog has been primarily designed for inexperienced users, who occasionally encounter problems and errors. For this reason, most of the materials are written in plain language as much as possible, avoiding computer slang or specific terms. But this does not mean that advanced users will not find anything interesting or useful here. It is for them that some online services and sections of secrets and interesting facts have been created.

Given the hard work to create and maintain this blog, you might think that this resource is the official source. But it is not — the blog www.skaip.org is not official and is not affiliated with the Skype Company or its representatives. In order not to lead users astray, there is a note on every page which warns about it.

The blog has been created to help users, and it is nice to see that they appreciate this. We hope that you also will find here what you were looking for. And if you have any questions or ideas, write to ???

Yours faithfully,
Administration of www.skaip.org








Skype for Windows has encountered an issue, due to which during a video call, the user who answer the call did not see the caller’s video. The error occurs only when is used the new audio codec NGC (while using SILK_V3 both interlocutors see each other). On the official website, the developers said that they are working on resolving problem.

Starting from today, you can add our Skype button on websites that use secure connection. The problem was that until this day, our server did not support HTTPS, which meant that on “protected” pages most browsers blocked active mixed content, the script not get loaded, and therefore button was not displayed. Now when our server is configured properly and supports HTTPS, you can add our Skype button on all web pages.


Many users already have noticed recently added Skype emoticons Auld, Lang and Syne, but it seems not everyone knows that these emoticons have been drawn in such a way that you can create a chain of dancers by sending several emoticons in one message. The number and order of emoticons does not matter because in any case, all the dancers will hold hands dancing in rhythm (the only thing, do not add spaces between emoticons).

Skype for Windows stores in the profile folder such data as the history of the correspondence, received files, settings and photos (frames) made on Skype with a webcam. Deleting this folder will lead to the irreversible loss of all these data in Skype. Given this and the fact that the probability of losing data is very high, I decided to write about creating a backup of profile in Skype for Windows and restoring data if necessary.

When trying to upgrade Skype for Windows or install an older version, some users face with a critical error, because of which the installation process breaks off:
Another version of this product is already installed
Another version of this product is already installed. Installation of this version cannot continue. To configure or remove the existing version of this product, use Add/Remove Programs on the Control Panel.



Dear friends,
I warmly congratulate you with New Year and Merry Christmas!
Let the New Year bring the realization of your brightest ideas and ambitious plans.

I hope that at the New Year’s party you do not need to use Skype, because I sincerely wish that all relatives and family were nearby with you. However, if this is impossible, do not forget about video calls, because to hear and see the interlocutor who is far away — is priceless. If interlocutor is not online, do not worry, send a video message and he will get it when Skype will be launched.

The hidden Skype emoticons (also known as “secret smileys”) are special emoticons that are supported by Skype, but are not shown on the palette of emoticons, and for this reason they can be sent only by means of special codes. Below you can see all the hidden Skype emoticons and secret codes for each of them (if you want a full list of emoticons, visit this page).


Skype Wi-Fi is a special service that allows you to connect to the Internet via public pay hotspots Wi-Fi, using the money from your Skype account. Thus, when you are in another country or in another city, and you need access to the network, and there are no free points of Wi-Fi nearby — turn on the service Skype Wi-Fi and use the Internet, paying for every minute of the time, spent on the Internet (depending on the tariff value, the signal strength and connection speed, you choose yourself which of the available hotspots suits you best).

It turns out that not all users that use Microsoft accounts know that they still have a Skype username (also known as “Skype login”). Of course, not everyone needs to know his username, since the email address or phone number is enough for authorization and searching contacts. However, in some cases you still need to have a Skype username (for example, if you want to use the Skype button or share username, without disclosing your email or phone number).

From the official Skype Heartbeat blog: Some of you may experience problems when making PSTN calls (SkypeOut, SkypeIn) and minor experience degradation for other activities. We are aware of the issue, and are working to mitigate.