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    Windows desktop, Mac and Linux 8.30.0.50 begins rolling out September 12, 2018, and releases gradually over the next week.

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    You asked, we delivered

    • Conveniently access your audio settings during a call: Just hover over the microphone button to quickly adjust your audio settings
    • Fine-tune your webcam settings: Put your best face forward by adjusting your image brightness, contrast, hue, and more in your webcam settings. 
    • Fewer missed calls: No more sitting around waiting for the phone to ring. Use an additional audio device as a secondary ringer for Skype calls. 
    • Search a conversation for a keyword or phrase: Use the Find feature to stay on top of your conversations and instantly refer back to a chat from days, weeks, or months ago.
    • Read receipts: See at a glance who's read your messages. Once someone reads your message, their avatar appears beneath it in your chat - so you can see how far they've read in the conversation. 

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    Windows desktop, Mac and Linux 8.29.0.50 begins rolling out August 27, 2018, and releases gradually over the next week.
    • Signed in as: Have multiple Skype or Microsoft accounts? We've made it easier to identify which one you're signed into. Tap your profile picture and both your Skype Name and the account you're signed in as will be displayed.
    • Archive your conversations: Hide your conversations by archiving them. Learn more.  
    • Stop unwanted calls: Unwanted calls from people you don't know can be a distraction. Now, you can avoid those distractions and choose to only allow calls from your contacts to ring. Learn more
    • Cortana is now available in the United KingdomLearn more about how to use Cortana in a chat. 

    Windows desktop, Mac, and Linux 8.28.0.41 begins rolling out August 13, 2018, and releases gradually over the next week.

    • Record your calls: Introducing cloud-based Skype call recording directly from the app.  The perfect feature to pair with Skype for content creators when you want to livestream.
    • Color filters for photos: Use color filters to inject some charm into new or existing photos and delight your friends!  
    • Spotify: Music lovers can now search for songs, albums and artists, preview, play, and share music on Spotify! Just select the Add to chat button to get started. 
    • Skype Number: You can now manage your Skype Number right from your settings in the app. 

    Windows Desktop Mac and Linux 8.27.0.85 begins rolling out August 9, 2018, and releases gradually over the next week.

    • Introducing Private conversations: For those seeking extra encryption for your conversations, you can now keep the information you share confidential with end-to-end encrypted audio calls and messages using the industry standard Signal Protocol. Learn more about private conversations
    • Tabbed conversations: Maximize the way you experience Skype with the ability to quickly switch between multiple conversations with the same person. 

    Mac and Linux 8.26.0.70 begins rolling out July 23, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • New settings experience - Easier navigation to the settings you're looking for. 

    Windows Desktop, Mac and Linux 8.25.0.5 begins rolling out July 3, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • General updates and improvements.

    Windows Desktop, Mac and Linux 8.24.0.2 begins rolling out June 20th, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Select multiple messages at once: Managing your messages is now much faster with the ability to select multiple messages at once to copy, forward, or delete them. To select multiple messages, right click and click Select Messages. (The option to delete multiple messages at once is only available for messages you sent to a conversation). 

    Windows Desktop and Mac 8.23.0.10 begins rolling out June 6th, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Easily access your contacts from the Dialpad.

    • Stream your audio or video call through NDI (Network Device Interface), simply allow NDI in your Skype settings. 

    Windows Desktop, Mac, and Linux  8.22.0.2 begins rolling out May 21st, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • General updates and improvements. 

    Windows Desktop and Mac 8.21.0.7 begins rolling out May 9th, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Call Snapshots: Take a snapshot while on a video call.

    • Video Messaging: Send a video message to a friend - click the video message video message button  button to start recording. 

    Windows Desktop and Mac 8.20.0.9 begins rolling out April 25, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Receive Notifications when purchasing Skype Credit, Subscriptions or a Skype Number.

    Windows Desktop and Mac 8.19.0.1 begins rolling out April 11, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • General updates and improvements. 

    Windows Desktop, Mac, and Linux 8.18.0.6 begins rolling out March 19, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • General updates and improvements. 

    Windows Desktop, Mac, and Linux 8.17.0.2 begins rolling out March 7, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Call international numbers with ease: International calls to mobiles and landlines is now quicker with the ability to select a country/region. From Calls, select the dial pad, and then choose the country/region you want to call from the drop-down. 

    Windows Desktop, Mac, and Linux 8.16.0.4 begins rolling out February 21, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • General updates and improvements.

    Windows Desktop, Mac, and Linux 8.15.0.4 begins rolling out February 5, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Send SMS text messages! You've been asking and now it's here, you can send text messages to your friends from Skype
    • Search results defined: We've made it easier to see where your search results are coming from; your existing contacts, messages in one-to-one and group chats, and potentially new contacts.
    • Stop scrolling and get right to it: Now you can instantly jump to your most recent message within a chat. Just select the down chevron button next to the message window.  
    • Accessibility performance improvements

    Windows Desktop 8.13.0.3, and Mac 8.13.0.2 begins rolling out January 10, 2018, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Notifications: We've added a new notification type. Toggle Tips & Tricks on to receive in-app notifications from Skype about features.
    • PSTN issues: We've fixed the issue with PSTN contacts not being visible.

    Windows Desktop, and Mac 8.12.0.14 begins rolling out December 5, 2017, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Quickly find more message reactions: We've added a right and left arrow button to messaging reactions, so you can easily find even more reactions to express your feelings. 
    • Mac audio issues: We've fixed the audio issues during a Skype call.
    • Mac issues during a Skype call: We've fixed the Skype calling issues on Mac. 

    Windows Desktop, Mac and Linux 8.11.0.0 begins rolling out November 20, 2017, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Notifications: We've fixed the notifications issue. Thanks for your patience!
    • Share and share alike: A new, easier way to invite anyone to join your group conversation. To give it a try, select Share link to join group right at the top of your group profile. 
    • Call Quality Indicator: We've added a Call Quality Indicator that displays if there's a problem with your call, so you can check your connection speed in Skype.

    Windows Desktop, Mac and Linux 8.10.0.4 begins rolling out November 6, 2017, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Call volumes. Now you can easily change to loudspeaker or adjust the volume while on a call.
    • Call controls shortcut. When Skype is running in the background during a call, you can turn the call controls shortcut window on or off. Go to Settings Calling > Toggle Show call window when Skype is in the background on or off.

    Windows Desktop, Mac and Linux 8.7.76.59440 begins rolling out September 22, 2017, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Fixed issues where your video wouldn't be seen.  Certain hardware devices were having trouble previewing video for calls.
    • Save phone numbers as contacts:  Any phone numbers you've called can be added as a contact.
    • Collapsible chat screen:  Use the arrows > < to collapse or expand the Chats screen. Once collapsed, you'll see the updated message view with their online status and number of unread messages.
    • Keep Skype running:  Change your settings so that it keeps Skype running after closing the window.
    • Use Keyboard shortcut to search:  You can now open your Skype search by pressing CTRL + F.
    • Manage how people find you in Skype:  Choose which phone numbers others can find you by on Skype.
    • Manage and remove bots easier:  We've made it easier to manage your bots with the new Delete option.
    • Send Skype logs:  If needed, you can easily send Skype logs by going to Settings Application Settings > Diagnostic Tools > Send Diagnostic Logs

    Windows Desktop, Mac and Linux 8.6.76.57286 begins rolling out September 13, 2017, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Contacts number:  Any phone numbers your contacts have listed will now show in your contact's profile.
    • Close account:  Easily access it from your profile but we hate to see you go!
    • Address book sync for Mac:  Sync your Mac address book with Skype.

    Windows Desktop & Mac 8.5 begins rolling out August 2017, and releases gradually over the next two weeks.

    • Collapse the Chat List:  We’ve added a button to let you manually collapse the chat list.
    • Shrinking Chat header:  As you navigate a conversation the chat header will tuck away to give you more of your messages to view.
    • Gallery loads more content:  We addressed some issues where older shared content didn’t show up in the Gallery.
    • Make a test call:  From Settings > Audio & Video Settings > you can now easily make a test call to ensure you are set up correctly.

     

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