Release Notes for Skype 8.61

The latest Skype version 8.61 is out. There are cool new features in this release like blurring your background during a video call in Skype for iPhone and iPad. You asked, we delivered!

Skype for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web

  • Time to make some cuts: Contact list too big to manage? Wondering who that one guy even is? Now you can easily delete multiple contacts at once. Learn more about deleting contacts in Skype.
  • Introducing an Enhanced Skype for Windows 10: We've said goodbye to Skype for Windows 10 (version 14), and said hello to Skype for Windows 10 (version 15). Learn more about the newest Skype.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements. Got rid of some bugs, made a few tweaks. All in a day's work.

Skype for Android, iPhone, and iPad

  • Background redacted: Didn't have time to tidy up before your video call? Don't worry, you can now blur your background on Skype for iPhone and iPad. Learn how to customize your background on Skype.
  • Always on the go: Skype now works with Android Auto, so you can hear your Skype messages and reply hands-free.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements. We sent some bugs packing and swept up after ourselves.

What’s fixed?

  • Notification fixes on Android
  • Skype Meet Now - User cannot join the conversation.

The new features are rolling out gradually over the next couple of days so if you don’t see them right away, just check again soon!

Please let us know what you think about the latest changes, either here in the community or through the Skype app. And you can always go to Skype’s User Voice to submit and vote for new features and ideas.  You might also want to check out the known issues.

Thank you for all that you do to support Skype!

The Skype Team

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Skype is now incredibly broken. The link between Skype, People and Outlook has disappeared. There used to be a "Call with Skype" in the contact list in People. You used to be able to tell Skype to sync your outlook contacts. That's all gone now, so the only contact list you have available is the one in Skype itself. This is a huge disappointment and has completely crippled the program for me. Please bring these features back.

Chris

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  • Introducing an Enhanced Skype for Windows 10: We've said goodbye to Skype for Windows 10 (version 14), and said hello to Skype for Windows 10 (version 15). Learn more about the newest Skype.

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Could you please shed more ligth how the new 15 version will be deployed for Skype UWP App and for Skype application? Should I download anything manually or both incarnations will update automatically?

Good of you to get the release notes out (though as of this writing not actually on the release notes page), probably not many days before 8.62. I know you like to wait a while, but 8.61 came out a couple weeks ago. No one else waits that kind of time.

Onto a more pressing matter, it's been about FOUR MONTHS since this terrible, no-good presence issue has reared its ugly head for some. Here's but one thread about it:

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/all/intermittently-not-receiving-notificationsmessages/994b23f3-293c-465a-acbf-7e024a7ff325

I think it's probably time to get it fixed or at least acknowledge its existence. You do have a Known Issues page for a reason. Use it for important things like this.

And yes, this was reported via the app about four months ago by myself and others. I even reported it again a couple months ago.

somebody know why Skype 14 in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20150 is not being updated automatically to Skype 15 ? its a bug ?

Were you opted in to the Preview/Insider version of Skype there? If so, the transition happened months ago.

If not, it's probably just taking its sweet time (slowly rolling out).

And to answer an earlier question: nothing to do, it happens automatically and transparently.

I'm having an issue where since my update today every time I open a game on my computer that would normally allow skype to overlay now it doesn't.

I just got updated to Skype 8.61.0.100 via the windows store and now skype wont start at all!

Faulting application name: Skype.exe, version: 8.61.0.100, time stamp: 0x5de9aa5e
Faulting module name: uwp_credentials_fetcher.node, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x5eeccf45
Exception code: 0xc0000409
Fault offset: 0x00038186
Faulting process ID: 0x29b4
Faulting application start time: 0x01d64ae8d2d676d6
Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.SkypeApp_15.61.100.0_x86__kzf8qxf38zg5c\Skype\Skype.exe
Faulting module path: \\?\C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.SkypeApp_15.61.100.0_x86__kzf8qxf38zg5c\Skype\resources\app.asar.unpacked\node_modules\uwp-credentials-fetcher\build\Release\uwp_credentials_fetcher.node
Report ID: 20c7781d-c69a-48c5-b818-100a66c65624
Faulting package full name: Microsoft.SkypeApp_15.61.100.0_x86__kzf8qxf38zg5c
Faulting package-relative application ID: App

MY BIG ISSUE after this update is that the small overlay skype video screen does not pop up anymore when I shame my screen.

What happened? Why skype did this? It is so inconvenient now.

When I share my screen to the caller, I cannot see his face anymore - cannot see his reactions etc...

I hate it now. Please fix it ASAP.

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MY BIG ISSUE after this update is that the small overlay skype video screen does not pop up anymore when I shame my screen.

What happened? Why skype did this? It is so inconvenient now.

When I share my screen to the caller, I cannot see his face anymore - cannot see his reactions etc...

I hate it now. Please fix it ASAP.

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Uh oh. This is bad. I hope they fix it promptly.

Edit: just tried it. While I can not see reduced sized video screen, as you pointed out, we can hear each other just fine.

Still would like to have the video back. 

This version is a hot mess. But normal for Microsoft. Half the time when I call with cam the cam don't work. Will say cannot find cam yet the cam is there when I go to settings and working. Then if I end the call instead of having the cam icon to call you now have resume call. 

It might work the second time but any glitch makes the cam go off and I have to end the call then resume. Why did the super bright team decide to do away with the cam call icon after calling. 

This on windows 10 desktop. It wasn't acting right with the last update either but now worse. You broke the way the cam works and nothing wrong with my cam. It simply won't find the cam half the time with first calling or when something happens that might cause a connection quick drop. 

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