More info on the update to Skype version 8
Hello, Skype community! We hope you're all enjoying the latest
updates to Skype version 8 for desktop, mobile, and tablet
devices. We wanted to share a few more details on the ongoing
update to Skype version 8 https://blogs.skype.com/news/2018/07/16/upgrade-to-the-latest-version-of-skype-for-desktop/
to keep you up to speed on the latest info.
Why update everyone to Skype version 8?
The update from version 7 to version 8 allows us to unify the
experience of using Skype across all desktop and mobile platforms.
Unlike older versions, all version 8 applications are optimized to
work in conjunction with our modern, mobile-friendly cloud
services architecture, which has allowed us to deliver features
such as video messaging and mobile group video calling over the
past couple years. With a unified experience and with all
applications now no longer having to support legacy architecture,
our engineering teams can deliver features and quality
improvements to customers much more quickly.
What can you expect over the next several months?
We're sending an email to people still using older Skype
versions so they know the update is coming. We published a blog
post and have communicated the change in this forum, but we want
to be sure everyone who might be impacted by this change is
well-informed. We expect everyone who might be impacted to receive
an email notification by the end of October.
Then we'll start
requiring people to update to Skype version 8 in waves over the
next several months. Not everyone will be required to update at
Desktop: First wave begins on 11/1/2018
and tablets: First wave begins on 11/15/2018
recommend you update now, prior to being required to do so, to
avoid any interruption in service. Find out how to download the
latest Skype versions here https://www.skype.com/upgrade-skype/.
version 14 is available for Windows 10 PCs in the Microsoft Store
for Skype Insiders. It is based on version 8, but has additional
features to better integrate with the platform. You can run
version 8 for desktop and version 14 for Windows 10 PCs at the
same time on your PC. We'll keep releasing updates to version 14
as we update version 8.
We'll continue to update Skype version
8 and version 14 based on your feedback and communicate what's
changing as we go.
Your feedback on the update to Skype version
Many of you have taken the time to share your thoughts on this
update. Thank you. We appreciate it! We learned how important it
is to you to maintain feature parity with older Skype versions and
we're working towards that goal. Here's a few examples of features
we've already brought back based on your feedback and a few more
we're going to work on next.
Working on these now These are next
Fundamentals Performance improvements
Show Skype version on sign-in screen Even more
Resizable left pane on
Swipe actions on mobile
Calling Setting for a
secondary ringing device
Advanced webcam settings
Skype volume control on Mac
Setting for incoming call
notifications when in Do Not Disturb mode Indicator for who's
talking in large calls
Easier switch between cameras
which app or window to share when screensharing
within current conversation
Setting to change font size on
Share a Skype contact
Global conversation search
shows more than 20 results
Customize “Enter” or "Return" to
send message or add a line
Save-as for audio files like
Hide conversations in chat list
Setting to disable link
previews Find in current conversation shows more than 30
Contacts/people Setting for allowing
Skype to Skype calls only from contacts
Add phone number as a contact
Global people search
shows more than 20 results Add phone number to an existing
More control over availability status
allowing calls to your Skype Number only from contacts
book sync on Mac
Store app for Windows 10 PC Improve copy-paste
App icon in system tray Split view
to the Skype community
Have feedback of your own to share? New to the Skype community?
There are many places where you can tell us what you think about
using Skype! Join the community wherever you're most comfortable
and we'll be there.
Reporting problems in Skype
If you need to report a problem and are a Skype Insider using a
preview build of Skype, you can submit in the app using the Skype
Support Bot to easily submit screenshots and logs for the problem
you're experiencing. Use this option when Skype isn't behaving to
help us investigate.
Giving feedback in Skype
You can provide feedback on using Skype within the app in the
"Help and feedback" section of Settings. Use this to tell us what
we should build next.
Surveys in Skype
From time to time, you'll be prompted to provide more
information on the Skype experience within Skype. This information
is shared with the Skype engineering squads as they prioritize
work on their backlogs.
Ratings and reviews in the app stores
This information is retrieved on a regular basis and reported
out to the Skype engineering squads to ensure we're trending
upwards and to understand what is top of mind for you. You can
expect a response from us only when we need more information about
a problem you've reported.
Windows Feedback Hub
This is the best place to go if you can consistently reproduce
a problem using Skype on Windows 10. It supplies Skype engineers
with rich information which makes investigating your problem
easier. Be sure to check out the "Recreate my problem" option in
the "Additional details" section when submitting your feedback in
site was created recently to ensure everyone can share ideas on
how to improve Skype regardless of which platform you use. As we
release updates to the Skype experience, we'll update the
submissions on this site to keep you informed. Register today and
join the discussion.
Skype Community Forum on Answers https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype
this site to get technical support from support agents or
participate in discussions with the Skype engineering team. This
is where we post the most detailed information about new
experiences as they are released to Skype Insiders and then to
others within the Skype community.
@SkypeInsider for all the latest info on new features coming to
Skype. Tweet at us if you see anything broken in newly released
updates or want to share ideas you have for improving Skype.
Detailed feedback on what you love or hate about Skype is
always appreciated. Personal insults or threatening comments are
not. As we work together to shape Skype's future, the Skype
customer success squad is going to spend more time moderating our
feedback channels to ensure they are a positive environment for
Thank you for supporting