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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.

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 ???

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Recently, more and more users of Skype for Windows began to notice a new process SkypeBrowserHost.exe, which appears in the list of processes while working Skype. Given that the developers haven’t told officially about it, and that sometimes you can notice not one, but up to 5 processes SkypeBrowserHost.exe, some users have mistakenly assumed that this is a virus. Having looked through the official forum, in this post I have gathered answers to the most frequently asked questions related to this process.
Process SkypeBrowserHost.exe

The new version of Skype for Windows Desktop is ready for download (but not recommended yet), and no doubt will please users who do not like the links preview feature. The fact is that Skype for Windows Desktop adds a new option to disable or enable this feature. Do disable links preview go to Skype → Tools → Options → IM & SMS → IM appearance and uncheck the «Show link previews» option.

Have not yet known any other changes in this version (except some edits of UI strings). If you have noticed something new, let me know in the comments.

Currently there are no reliable data, but it seems some users of Skype for Window encountered an unusual problem — they can not make audio or video calls abroad (at least, in all cases known to me the interlocutors were in different countries). It should be noted that other features, including sending instant messages and transfer files, work without any problems.

It happens like this (although I think the different scenarios are possible): when you try to make a video call, it’s shown the "Connecting..." inscription, then, 20 seconds after, Skype suggests to leave a video message. It continues connecting somewhere else ~ 50 seconds, and finally hangs up the call allegedly "Call to ***, no answer". With audio calls happening about the same, only in this case, Skype does not suggest to leave a video message. Also in both cases, the user who is calling does not hear dial tone, and one that has to receive it, does not see an incoming call notification. Another characteristic of this bug is that it is impossible to make a test call (ie to call echo123 user).

If Skype is not working properly, you can find here if it is a global issue or the problem occurs only at you. For example, if many users are reporting the same issue as you encounter, this means that it's a global problem and you must wait until the developers did not fix it, or a workaround become known. Otherwise, seems the issue occurs only on your side and you should resolve it yourself (write in the comments all the details about the error and we will try to help you). Anyway, if Skype is not working properly for you, please confirm this.

Programs which have been translated their UI into several languages, have a common “problem” — if in some way the language has been changed to an unknown one (for example, Chinese or Arabic), it is very difficult for an inexperienced user to change language back to English. And since the language is not known, and all the letters look like incomprehensible hieroglyphs, you will have to change the language of the program at random. And as you understand, this “problem” exists on Skype too.

But don’t worry, with the help of this guide you will learn how to change the language on Skype from Arabic to English without any effort and knowledge of this language. Why Arabic? It's very simple — Arabic is the first language in the list of Skype, and most often it’s automatically switched to it (see below, why). So, I want to show you some ways to change Arabic to English on Skype. As a rule, these methods will work for any unknown language.

Once developers have abolished username when registering on Skype, many users wondered how to register a new account in the good old days when it was possible to create a beautiful username?! Well, at the time of writing this article there is at least one way to register a new Skype account by specifying your own username.

And so, ladies and gentlemen, in older versions of Skype for Android you can still indicate custom Skype username at registration. The fact is that for old versions a built-in registration form is used.

The new version of Skype for Mac OS X went live and became first version which requires the presence of OS X Yosemite (version 10.10) or older. Thus, it turns out that the previous version (Skype 7.36.217) remains the last working version for OS X Mavericks (10.9). In addition to new system requirements, Skype 7.37.178 for Mac OS X adds support for Skype bots cards to OS X Yosemite and fixes some minor bugs.

Recently, the developers have replaced the old form of registering Skype account by registration form of Microsoft account, resulting in “disappearance” of need and possibility to specify a username. Now you can register on Skype only using a phone number or email address, and irrespective of the chosen method, the account will be created only after confirmation of the phone number or email.

A new version of Skype for Windows Desktop has been released in phased rollout mode (it means that only some users will able to download it). In this version has been removed the shadow from the bottom of the in-call UI which always overlap the preview window (see screenshots below):
Overlapping shadow in 7.27
Overlapping shadow removed in 7.28

Another fix in this version is the bug due to which in certain group conversations any sent URLs were always shortened to 10 Latin or Cyrillic characters. Also in Skype for Windows Desktop has been removed the option «Voice Message» from the «Conversation → Send» menu. From now the only way to leave voice messages is if a called contact is busy or reaches timeout defined by him with the «I do not answer within [x] seconds» option.

Released new version Skype 7.36.217 for Mac OS X, which, when plugging in a new USB or Bluetooth device (for example, webcam, microphone or headset) will asks the user if he wants to set it as the default device for communicating on Skype. The new version of Skype for Mac OS X also contains some other general improvements, including Skype bots cards improvements.

The free application Skype for Mac OS X updated to the new version at number 7.35.231. The only thing that is known about this version is the fact that users can no longer save or view old video messages that were recorded using legacy (older) method. That is why, in order not to lose important video messages as quickly as possible, save them somewhere safe. About other changes in the Skype 7.35.231 for Mac OS X is not known, but you can download Skype and to try to find out what’s new in this release.

A new version of Skype for Windows Desktop is available for download. In this release has been updated the Skype core library and it seems this might potentially fix the bug due to which instead of making group calls Skype creates new groups with random name like (?) 12345678 #username/$2;0.

Also, Skype for Windows Desktop adds some improvements to Skype Windows Desktop and Preview App coexistence, including a fix to stop users from seeing promo screen repeatedly. Should be noted that developers are soon going to enable a screen that is shown when starting classic windows app on Windows 10 to remind them of the Preview app. This screen asks to supply feedback on why users are reverting to the classic app after having used the preview app. This will help the preview app prioritize the most requested features.

Released a new release of Skype 7.34.164 for Mac OS X, which has brought a very useful function for group audio and video calls. With this feature, if during a call the host (user which initiates the call) will drop off the call, rest of the call members will able to continue the conversation (unlike previous versions, when the call was terminated for all participants).

The new version of Skype for Mac OS X contains other changes, such as displaying the URL hover over the Skype bots card (this will prevent phishing attacks and unpleasant situation, because the user sees, which web-page will be opened) and links to gifts in the birthday reminders. This release also fixes one bug due to which during group chats migration from P2P to cloud it lose the history of correspondence. This hotfix is not only fixes the bug, but also returns the lost correspondence.