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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



Along with cookie files, an error that JavaScript is not supported can puzzle every user who does not know that Skype for Windows uses the functions of Internet Explorer to display the login form.
JavaScript required to sign in
Microsoft account requires JavaScript to sign in. This web browser either does not support JavaScript, or scripts are being blocked. To find out whether your browser supports JavaScript, or to allow scripts, see the browser's online help.

At starting the latest versions of Skype for Windows (more precisely, 7.32.0.103 and newer) an error may occur that a wrong version of Skype is installed, and it’s recommended (while sometimes it’s required) to download and install the latest version from the official site.

A problem was found with the version of Skype installed on this device
Warning! A problem was found with the version of Skype installed on this device.
For the best experience, we recommend downloading the latest version of Skype below.

Expected: 9d5334e51ed29712d306a07dac07a216
Found: a2a076ddf7f99fdb66a6605614c1de04

Since the new version 7.33.0.104 adds a new requirement, Skype for Windows won’t start on a system without Microsoft Visual С++ 2015 Redistributable package because the program won’t be able to find the required DLL libraries. In such cases, the following error will occur:
The program can’t start because MSVCP140.dll is missing from your computer
The program can’t start because MSVCP140.dll is missing from your computer.
Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

The new version of Skype for Windows became available and certainly will please many users. Firstly, the owners of gaming headsets Razer Kraken, which recently ceased to hear the other party during a call. Secondly, people who have experienced a large number of running SkypeBrowserHost.exe processes. And third, those who have long been dreaming of re-transmit their computer sounds to contacts during a call (the truth is this function is not available yet for all users).

Probably, I’m rejoicing too early, but running the new version of Skype using the /secondary parameter in the folder %appdata%\Skype are created a separate file shared.xml for each account (for example, shared-000.xml, shared-001.xml, shared-002.xml and so on). This means that is not excluded that developers will return back automatic authentication when using multiple Skype simultaneously.

It is worth mentioning that Skype 7.33.0.104 for Windows adds a new system requirement — mandatory availability of Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable package. In connection to this, if this package isn’t installed on the system installation or update of Skype will take longer than usual because Skype downloads and installs it automatically. So do not be alarmed that the inscription “Installing Skype: process can take several minutes to” hanging too long.

Users of the old Skype accounts can transform them in the Microsoft accounts. Also, they have the opportunity to combine Skype and Microsoft accounts. As a rule, this process is optional, but there are cases, when for the use of Skype you must get a Microsoft account without fail. And as you have guessed, in this walkthrough I’ll show you how to do it.

People talk about their love and share it in different ways. They write poems, sing serenades, give flowers, valentines, toys or other special gifts. But there are times, when for some reasons your loved one cannot be beside, and the only method to tell him about your love is to use messaging, audio or video calls.

The best part of these sad situations is the Skype that allows you to send free messages, hear your loved one’s voice or even to see him. But if during the call everyone knows how to express his love, the instant messaging is a bit more complicated thing. Of course, we can use punctuation marks, but Skype allows you to send animated emoticons, and some of them are great for the cases, when you need to express your emotions and feelings brighter.

Probably, most of the users of Skype, when chatting, use emoticons to express their emotions. But creative people, using Skype emoticons, draw interesting pictures (also known as Skype Emoticon Art). It is rather difficult to create emoticon art images manually, it takes a lot of time, and not always you get what you would like. That’s why I have created an online editor which can help you to draw pictures of Skype emoticons.

About an hour ago, went out a minor release of Skype for Windows, which, apparently, it is recommended to install (I mean that because Skype finds the new version when checking for updates).

It seems that the only change in Skype 7.32.0.104 for Windows it’s a bug fix due to which the users cannot send messages to contacts from Windows Live Messenger, as in such cases the following notification appears «Messaging disabled until request is accepted».



As reported on the official blog, starting from March 1, 2017 the old version of Skype for Windows and Mac will stop working, and will not allow users to log in as long as they will not update the application. As older versions for Windows are mentioned 7.16 and below, while for Mac OS X — version 7.18, inclusive.

The users of these versions already received the following notification:
This version of Skype is being discontinued soon
Please update Skype now. This version of Skype is being discontinued soon. To continue using Skype please update to our latest version today. Update now for free.

Went live new version of Skype for Windows in which, unfortunately, has not removed function “Messaging disabled until request is accepted”. Also, not sure if this version fixes the bug due to which “Skype does not receive contact requests” (if someone will be able verify, please let me know).

So far, I noticed only a couple of changes in Skype 7.32.0.103 for Windows (about them you can read below, in the “Changelog” table), this is why I will be glad for any details.







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.