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
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 once.
First wave begins on 11/1/2018
Mobile devices and tablets: First
wave begins on 11/15/2018
We strongly 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
We'll continue to update Skype version 8 and version
14 based on your feedback and communicate what's changing as we
Your feedback on the update to Skype version 8
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 performance
Resizable left pane on desktop
Swipe actions on
Calling Setting for a secondary ringing device
Separate Skype volume control on Mac
for incoming call notifications when in Do Not Disturb mode
Indicator for who's talking in large calls
Easier switch between
Select which app or window to share when
Messaging Find within current
Setting to change font size on desktop
Global conversation search shows more than 20
Customize “Enter” or "Return" to send message or add a
Save-as for audio files like mp3
Hide conversations in
Setting to disable link previews Find in current
conversation shows more than 30 results
Contacts/people Setting for allowing Skype to Skype calls
only from contacts
Improved availability status
number as a contact
Global people search shows more than 20
results Add phone number to an existing contact
More control over
Setting for allowing calls to your Skype
Number only from contacts
Address book sync on Mac
for Windows 10 PC Improve copy-paste to dialpad
App icon in
system tray Split view
Contributing 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
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
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 this
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
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
@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 everyone.
Thank you for supporting