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Remarkable features of Skype

Welcome to the unofficial blog of Skype

The unofficial blog 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 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.

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The program Skype for Windows Desktop has been updated to the new version, but so far official sources nothing told about changes and novelties. However, when you run Skype for Windows you will notice minor changes of the user interface: background color of own messages became darker, usernames in group chats are blue, has been removed the "down arrow" next to the "via SMS" option, and other minor changes concerning the interface elements. I think this is not the full list of changes, and I guess in the near future will be implemented feature on Skype, that users are asked to even a long time ago.

Came out Skype 1.45.91 for Web, but unfortunately nothing is known about the new version. The only thing that I noticed is the bug due to which it is impossible to change the online status from profile screen (though the bug only occurs when Firefox browser is used).

Another release of Skype is now available for the Android operating system users. At this time Skype for Android fixes the bug associated with the rotation of the screen even if in the device settings function "Auto-rotate screen" is turned off.

On the other hand, there seems to exists a bug due to which users may experience problems with authorization if their usernames contain special characters or are ending with a dot.

Skype for Web has been updated to 1.44.75 version and brought to users the ability to share their screen. To use this function you need to install a browser plugin, which is also used for making audio and video calls. Must be noted that even though Microsoft Edge does not need require a plugin to make calls at this moment it does not support screen sharing.

Once you installed the browser plugin, to share your screen, during a call click on the “+” button and select “Share Screen”.

In the Google Play Store has been announced a major release of the Skype for Android app, which brought several interesting and useful changes. The first thing may notice are some user interface changes according to the rules of the material design and new UI elements. For example, in Skype for Android has been updated the floating action button (FAB), on main screen has been added ability to search contacts, groups, bots and conversations, rotating tablet to landscape orientation makes the interface more comfortable showing the left side panel like the Skype for computers.

With this release has become easier to invite new users on Skype via SMS-messages. To do this, open Skype, go to the "Contacts" tab, click on the "arrow" which opens a drop-down menu and select "Contacts". Now it will be shown a list of contacts from your address book and next to each contact there is the "Invite" button.

Also version improves accessibility support, fixes various bugs and errors, including the most frequently encountered critical errors according to HockeyApp crash-reports.

Developers have started deployment of Skype 1.43.79 for the Web, and the new version will gradually become available to all users within the next days. In the new version of Skype for Web has been added a feature for evaluating calls quality, which, like in Skype for other operating systems, occasionally ask for feedback on the call quality after ending a call. Also has been updated the network statuses model and within "Settings" added new section "About" where you can see the version of the application and resources.

Most of users of the Skype program use only the basic functions and enjoy them, not knowing that this program, though free, supports much more interesting and useful features. It is for this reason that I have written this article — that all our readers knew about the commands in the Skype chat and could take advantage of them. I hope that with time I will be able to tell you about all the secrets and hidden features of this program, but for now, I offer you a description of all the commands available in the Skype chat.

Has been updated Skype for Windows Desktop in which conducted works on optimization sound adjustments, improving accessibility mode and displaying the user interface when bidirectional languages are used. It should be noted that Skype for Windows is not a recommended version yet and thus, users with earlier versions will not a receive the update notification. But if you want to install this version, you need to download the installer and install the application manually.