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Windows Desktop

Windows Desktop




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.




NGC is a new audio codec used for Skype-to-Skype calls and it is designed to replace the previous codec SILK, that once replaced its predecessor SVOPC. Abbreviated from “Next Generation Calling”, the new Skype audio codec is still in the testing stage (I think so because it’s activated randomly), but already noticed that during a NGC call, compared to SILK one, the voice sounds much cleaner without background noise and interferences.

Some users, when trying to log in to Skype for the Windows, face with an error, according to which, for the successful authorization you should activate the function of working with cookies in the browser.
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The Internet Explorer browser is a very important component of the Windows operating system, and operability of many programs (including Skype for Windows) depends on it. If the Internet Explorer browser stops working correctly, respectively, programs that depend on it cease to work properly too.

As a rule, in most cases, errors occur due to incorrect browser settings – either due to the user's fault, or because of other applications that changed settings without the user’s knowledge. In any case, in order to eliminate such errors, you should reset all your browser settings and thus restore their default value.






Today, more and more Windows XP users began to complain that they are unable to log in to Skype. Typically, when launch Skype occurs error Sorry, we couldn’t connect to Skype. In some cases, instead of this error is displayed the authorization form, but "everything is mixed up" — it displays the text on a white background and various text fields. If you check access to Skype using Internet Explorer, you may notice that is blocked access to these servers like swx.cdn.skype.com, secure.skypeassets.com, www.skype.net and others.

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 7.29.0.101 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).

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):
Version 7.27.0.101:
Overlapping shadow in 7.27
Version 7.28.0.101:
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 7.28.0.101 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.

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 7.27.0.101 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.