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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 my opinion, the most unpleasant and only undeniable shortcoming of the latest versions of Skype is impossibility of making video calls on older processors without the support of the SSE2 instruction set. In order to help such users to enjoy video calls on older computers again, I decided to write a guide on installing version 6.1.999.130 – the latest version that supports video on processors without SSE2. Of course, instead of this version you can use any other, but it’s this one that I use as an example.

Version 6.1.999.130

If the Microsoft Visual С++ 2015 package is not installed on the computer or system libraries are corrupted/missing, starting Skype for Windows will raise the following error:
The program can’t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer
The program can’t start because api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer.
Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem.

Alternatively, instead of the above error may occur the following one:
The procedure entry point ucrtbase.terminate could not be located in the dynamic link library api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll

Due to an error on the company’s servers, Skype does not allow users to log in if they are using Microsoft accounts. As reported in the official blog, the developers are currently working hard to resolve the problem and hope to restore authorization as soon as possible.

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, 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 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 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 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».

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