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Skype for Windows Desktop

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.

Skype for Windows Desktop

File size:

39.8 MB

Operating system:

Windows Desktop

Skype version:

Release date:

Total downloads:

1 151


The following table contains the list of known changes in version Skype for Windows Desktop. This will help you to find out what's new in Skype for Windows Desktop, which errors have been fixed, what work did developers, and a lot of other interesting things.

Fixed Removed the overlapping shadow
Fixed Fixed the faulty URL shortening
Tuned Removed option «Send Voice Message»
= Account blocked
= Your account has been restricted from using Skype's paid features. <a href='%s'>Fix your account</a>.
= Unsupported card
= An image
= Skype Certified
= Skype Verified
= Your microphone is set to <b>%0:s</b> while your speaker is set to <b>%1:s</b>. Would you like your microphone and speaker to both be set to <b>%2:s</b>.
= Your microphone is set to <b>%0:s</b> while your speaker is set to <b>%1:s</b>. Would you like your microphone and speaker to both be set to <b>%2:s</b>?
= You're currently paying for %s. By leaving this call, you'll be hanging them up.
= Leave call
Strings sARE_YOU_SURE:
= Are you sure?
Strings sLEAVE_CALL:
= Leave call
= starting call
= Skype starting call (Modern)
= Enable Skype Logs
= Disable Skype Logs
= Restart Skype to enable logs on this device.
= Restart Skype to disable logs on this device.
= ,
= Delete

Of course, we could miss something, but we are happy for any help in drawing up the complete list of changes, so if you know any details about this version, or have noticed a mistake leave a comment and we will complement or correct the information.


  1. 0 0 0
    Fu-Chia Lin,
    Recently I've been tested several skype versions. To the document I write at this moment, skype 7.4-7.5 between the version of the call can be stable and will NOT crash my old computer with Win XP, but there can not transfer files / images of the problem. 7.6-7.8 will crash my old computer, and the problem on transmission files . Above version 7.9, which upload the file properly, but the the computer hang & crashed WHEN users made a voice call; sometimes even worsened to even just start, or someone to pass messages when the crash. I guess the Skype team will not do a good job of memory and thread control, only the most brutal way in the deal. My God, Orz
    1. 0 0 0
      Hello! For Windows XP please try to install Skype using special installer More information about Windows Installers can be found here: Skype installer for Windows.
  2. 0 0 0
    Since having this update, I am unable to hear my daughter when we Skype. She uses a Windows 7 tablet computer with communication software and a speech engine as she is disabled. Her mic is working fine but Skype appears to shut it off while computer generated sound is detected.
    We used Skype successfully for a few years before this update.
    When I see her in a couple of weeks, I will be trying old versions to try to resolve the issue.
    Skype tech support suggested her Realtek driver needed reinstalling - I did this but issue remains.
    Very frustrating and Skype is virtually inaccessible now - we currently use Skype but she sends emails during the call to speak to me!
    1. 0 0 0
      Hi dear Anne! I am very sorry to hear about your situation. Besides, I'm not sure I can help you, but give me a try. Can you please paste here the technical information about your conversations? During a call with your daughter, on the Skype menu bar click "Call", choose "Call Technical Info", right-click on the appeared window and choose "Copy".

      ps. Apropos, which operating system do you use and what's your Skype version?
      1. 0 0 0
        Thank you for replying. The Skype version is 7.27 and I use Windows 7 - both of us have Windows 7. I will try for technical information tomorrow when we skype.
        I believe this is something new that Skype/Microsoft have done as I have seen similar problems reported in Skype Forums. They suggested reinstalling the audio driver which I had already tried with no success.
        I have also tried previous versions of skype but they no longer pick up the computer sound either.
        1. 0 0 0
          Meanwhile, I wrote some workarounds for those cannot make calls when they are living in different countries. And after reading several comments, it seems to me that as temporary solution you should try to install the version, because the "magic" of this version allow it to work even others can not.
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    I've been having trouble with Skype after my computer upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and my Dragon Naturally Speaking software (it is version 13, I believe). Do you happen to know if this update/upgrade to Skype will fix the compatibility issues between the two programs?
    1. 0 0 0
      Hi Dee! Sorry, but I do not know anything about the compatibility between Skype and Dragon NaturallySpeaking. By the way, today was released the version and you can try to install it.

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