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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



When starting Skype for Windows, some users are surprised to find a blank white screen (in older versions, it’s a blank blue screen with Skype's logo) – without any inscriptions or errors, and even the form of authorization is missing. The only thing that shows is the menu bar, which, alas, does not help to understand what the problem is and how to solve it.
Blank white screen in Skype for Windows


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.


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.




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).