Release Notes for Skype 8.66

The latest Skype version 8.66 is out. There are cool new features in this release like being able to add up to 100 participants to a Skype group call. You asked, we delivered! 

 

Skype for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web 

  • It's a big room: Now you can have those big conversations, because Skype calls now support up to 100 participants. Learn more about making a Skype call
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements. We've moved some bugs to a nice farm upstate and made some improvements. 

 

Skype for Android, iPhone, and iPad 

  • It's a big room: Now you can have those big conversations, because Skype calls now support up to 100 participants. Learn more about making a Skype call
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements. We've moved some bugs to a nice farm upstate and made some improvements. 

 

What’s fixed? 

  • New messages don’t pop up at the top of Recent Messages. 
  • The language settings automatically changed to English. 
  • Signing out freezes the app on Android. 
  • Issues with uploading or downloading files. 
  • Issues with favorites disappearing from the contact list on Windows. 

 

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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There is also another undocumented new feature in the latest Skype version: "Last message author avatar on group chat". For this option to be enabled, the "Enable compact list mode" option must be disabled.

 

 

 

What is, however, strange is that this feature is not yet available on all accounts. Out of the 6 accounts I have access to, this feature is only available on 2 accounts. This new feature was actually already available on selected accounts in Skype 8.65 version, but with a minor bug in the implementation.

 

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Is it just me, or is the Store version way behind again? Best as I can tell, it's on x.63 for release and x.64 for Insider.

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The Store version on my Windows 10 was yesterday updated to the 8.66.0.74/15.66.74.0 version. I don't know about Insider.

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Do you know if you also received the prior release or was there a gap of a version or three before you got that one?

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The update was from .65 to the .66 version. No gap.

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Thanks for the info Ruwim. Calling team will take a look at it.

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This feature is currently in the experiment phase, so that would be the reason, why you can see it only on some of your accounts.

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How come Skype on my Windows 10 PC is stuck at version 8.53.0.77 (14.53.77.0)? It has not updated to any later version for months now and through many PC reformats. I tried updating the windows app with no success. My PC Specs are below.

  • Windows 10 Pro for Workstations version 19042.630 (20H2)
  • Z390 Motherboard (Asus Maximus XI Extreme)
  • Intel Core i9 9900k (Not Overclocked)
  • 128GB RAM Corsair VENGEANCE® RGB PRO 128GB (4 x 32GB) DDR4 DRAM 3200MHz C16 Memory Kit
  • C Drive: 1TB Samsung 980 Pro PCIe NVME SSD / D Drive: 1TB Samsung 970 Pro PCIe NVME SSD
  • NVidia GeForce RTX 2080ti Founders Edition (Not Overclocked)
  • Creative Sound Blaster AE-9

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I want to be able to remotely control the mouse on my aunt's machine when she shares her screen through Skype?  When will this feature be available?

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