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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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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.

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.

Has been released a new version of Skype for Windows Desktop at number Unfortunately, no information about this release have not been published either on the official website, or anywhere else. But judging by the new string lines added to Skype, it seems will soon release a new version of Skype, as I understand, we are talking about on Skype for UWP (Universal Windows Platform). Also, Skype for Windows Desktop displays tips how to fix authorization and launching errors (in particular, about how to configure Internet Explorer so that Skype works without problems).

When the recent versions of Skype 7.0 for Mac and Skype 6.21 for Windows have released, it has become known that the developers have added the text formatting feature in Skype chat. Thus, now Skype users can send instant messages using bold, italic, strikeout and monospaced text. Of course, this is only a partial text formatting, but it is good that they have listened to the users.

To format the text, Skype offers a simplified markup language that consists of various symbols (asterisk, underline, tilde) and tag {code} (or, instead, the symbols ```). As I understand it, the developers have created their own markup language (or at least I don’t remember something like that was used anywhere), which, in my opinion, is not a good idea, as users would be more convenient to use something already familiar (e.g., bbCode, Wiki markup or, why not, HTML). Of course, I can be wrong, but time will tell, how quickly the users will get accustomed to this markup language and come to like it.

Registration in Skype is filling out a simple form in order to create a new Skype account. This process takes no more than 1-2 minutes and is not difficult at all. You can make a Skype account in different ways (e.g., in Skype for Android, Mac and iOS the registration form is available in the app itself), but in this guide I will tell you about a universal method of registration, when an account is created in the browser on the official website.
How to create a Skype account?

The Skype for Android application has been updated to version, but unfortunately I do not know what works were carried in this release. Seems was implemented the "Call Quality Feedback" function, though I could not start it, it may still not available or is not available for all users.

UPD 21.04.201 Added changelog of this release.

Sometimes it seems to me that Skype offers much more features than some users believe, mistakenly thinking that this is just a application for making calls and sending instant messages. That's why I have put together all the functions and features of Skype on this page, so that the users had a clearer idea about one of the most popular applications in the world.

Went out the next minor release of the Skype for Windows Desktop that fixes the bug not allowing users to log in if the password length is greater than 20 characters. However, for most users release is still not considered to be recommended — Skype shows that a new release is available only if is used a version newer than 7.21 (for older versions, the recommended release is considered

In the Google Play Store appeared yet another version of Skype for Android. At this time, the new release brought support for Skype bots, and educational hints about the possibilities of group chats (in particular, about that users can make free group video calls). As regards for other changes and innovations in Skype for Android, it seems they not exists, or at least are not visible.