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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 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):
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.

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 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.

Has been released a new version of Skype for Windows, which adds new option to hide or show username on Windows taskbar or in the top left hand corner of Skype. This option ca be found in Tools → Option → Advanced → Advanced settings.

Another change in the Skype for Windows applies to video calls, during to which the video and black "call stage" background "stretches" to the entire width of the window.

The program Skype for Windows Desktop has been updated to the new version, but so far official sources nothing told about changes and novelties. However, when you run Skype for Windows you will notice minor changes of the user interface: background color of own messages became darker, usernames in group chats are blue, has been removed the "down arrow" next to the "via SMS" option, and other minor changes concerning the interface elements. I think this is not the full list of changes, and I guess in the near future will be implemented feature on Skype, that users are asked to even a long time ago.

2 july 2016 — Added new information about this release, such as support for NGC audio codec (Next Generation Calling) in Skype for Windows XP and Windows Vista, the removal of a opaque overlay for thumbnails of received image and more descriptive errors relating to authorization (for example, a firewall is blocking access of Skype or is using an older version of Internet Explorer).

Has been updated Skype for Windows Desktop in which conducted works on optimization sound adjustments, improving accessibility mode and displaying the user interface when bidirectional languages are used. It should be noted that Skype for Windows is not a recommended version yet and thus, users with earlier versions will not a receive the update notification. But if you want to install this version, you need to download the installer and install the application manually.

Has been released a new version of Skype for Windows Desktop at number Unfortunately, no information about this release have not been published either on the official website, or anywhere else. But judging by the new string lines added to Skype, it seems will soon release a new version of Skype, as I understand, we are talking about on Skype for UWP (Universal Windows Platform). Also, Skype for Windows Desktop displays tips how to fix authorization and launching errors (in particular, about how to configure Internet Explorer so that Skype works without problems).

Went out the next minor release of the Skype for Windows Desktop that fixes the bug not allowing users to log in if the password length is greater than 20 characters. However, for most users release is still not considered to be recommended — Skype shows that a new release is available only if is used a version newer than 7.21 (for older versions, the recommended release is considered

Good news for users which use older versions of Skype without the support of NGC codec — seems to be in the new version of Skype for Windows Desktop has been fixed the bug due to which the Linux and Windows XP users can not join group calls initiated via Skype or

Also, for HoloLens owners developers have prepared a pleasant surprise: the HoloLens Add-in for Skype that allows users to point, ink and add holograms to video calls. To install the Add-in, on Skype menu bar click "Tools", select "Install the HoloLens Add-in" and follow the installer instructions. It is worth noting that, in Skype installation folder exists the VideoN.DLL library that do not have a digital signature, and perhaps some anti-virus programs can raise "false alarms".

And the last known change in Skype for Windows — the preparation of the application for the arrival of chat bots.

The new version of Skype for Windows Desktop has been released, and first of all it should be noted that has been fixed the duplicating custom contact lists bug, and has removed advertisement banners which uses flash technology (this means that among other things, there no longer will occur the Adobe Flash Player error: “# 2060 Security Sandbox violation”).

But Skype for Windows has another new change that all users for certain will notice: in this release for a little has been changed the colour scheme of search window, toolbar, last conversations, notifications and chat messages.

Installer, also known as a setup file — is a special executable file that installs certain software on the computer. As a rule, its tasks include checking the system compatibility and minimum requirements, unpacking and copying files, downloading additional components, modifying the registry, running the necessary services and much more.

Like most applications, Skype for Windows has its own installer, through which users can install Skype on their computers. At present, there are four types of Skype installers, and though each of them installs the same application, each type of installer is useful in certain situations.
Skype installer

In a fantastic way Skype for Windows Desktop has been updated from 7.18 directly to 7.21, skipping 7.19 and 7.20 versions, which either I did not notice, or did not appear in the public release. I hope that soon I will be able to find out the answer to that question, and what has changed in this version. In the meantime, I invite you to download and install Skype for Windows Desktop, and if you can find something new, please share it with us. Stay tune!

[UPD] 11 march 2016 — Today I learned more details about this release (in particular, at least 4 bugs have been fixed). Also should be noted that version is a phased rollout release — instead of making 7.21 available to all new users downloading from, in phased rollout are sampling a % of both new and upgrading users. You only have 10% chance of getting 7.21 if you go to download from and automatic upgrading user sampling is at 4%.

When some application is not working properly and the search for solutions does not give any results, the only thing that remains to do is to find out what is the cause of the problem and thereafter try to fix it. For this task exists several tools for diagnosing software problems, and in this article using Skype for Windows Desktop as example, I want to tell you how to carry out this process. The information obtained as a result of the diagnosis will help to determine which problems should be fixed in order to make application work properly again.

Many users have or wish to have multiple Skype accounts, but few of them know how to run two or more Skype accounts simultaneously on the same computer. The problem is that by default, the Skype shortcut does not launches additional instance of the program, but switches to the already running, and thus, to switch to another account you need to close the current and launch the needed. In this article, by providing very simple instructions will teach you how to run two or multiple Skype accounts at the same time.

Security experts from the Palo Alto Networks company have discovered a new Trojan aimed at stealing data from Skype for Desktop. On successful computer infecting, T9000 performs three tasks:
  1. If Skype program is running, the Trojan records the conversation, audio and video calls, as well as every 20 seconds makes screenshots.
  2. On all system and removable drives steal documents of various formats (including doc, docx, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx), herewith doing encrypted copies.
  3. Tracks the operating system functions such as create/delete/copy/move files or directories, copy to clipboard, encrypt and decrypt data, and others.