Release Notes for Skype 8.55

The latest Skype version 8.55 is out. There are some cool new features in this release like Skype Meet Now, plus we’ve delivered fixes, for example with split view on Skype for desktop. You asked, we delivered!

Skype for Windows, Mac, Linux and Web

  • Don't wait. Meet Now on Skype: With Meet Now  you can quickly and easily create a meeting and invite anyone (even if they aren't on Skype) just by sharing a link.
  • Send a message with tone: Is text losing your tone? You can now send a voice message in Skype instead. Also, feel free to show off that guitar riff you just learned.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements: We smashed some bugs, but a quick trip through the car wash cleaned the windshield quite nicely.

Skype for Android, iPhone and iPad

  • Don't wait. Meet Now on Skype: With Meet Now  you can quickly and easily create a meeting and invite anyone (even if they aren't on Skype) just by sharing a link.
  • Do more with your camera: Skype for Android users now have the ability to scan and send documents (or even notes on a whiteboard) in addition to other photo and video personalization enhancements. Also, send the receipt for last night's tab to your friends - they owe you, make sure they don't forget!
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements: We smashed some bugs, but a quick trip through the car wash cleaned the windshield quite nicely.

What’s fixed?

  • Brazil time zone is now showing correctly
  • Settings window correctly reopens when minimized
  • Split view can be enabled and disabled in the Appearance settings also
  • Added support for System Dark Theme detection on Windows 10
  • Location sharing in split view mode now works as expected
  • App notarized for macOS 10.15

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

EDIT on December 19, 2019: We did fix a bunch of issues for split view in this release but there's unfortunately a new known issue with split view, the feature disabling itself occasionally for some users. We have fixed the issue and it will be included in the next release after the holiday season. Meanwhile, you will need to enable split view again if it should get disabled. Sorry for the inconvenience!

 

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I can no longer sign in after updating to this version on my Mac (macOS Mojave version 10.14.6)

"Unable to sign in. Please check your Internet connection and try again"

My internet connection is perfectly fine, this issue only started after updating. I even tried reverting to older versions and i was getting the same issue.

I am able to sign in to Skype using a web browser.

On Android, keep having to log back in. Its not remembering my credentials each time

  • The Skype system tray icon on desktop is showing correctly after startup 

Previously described as "Tray icon on desktop is no longer showing as offline after startup."

Just a couple notes on that:

1) It's not merely showing as offline. It is. Until you click it.

2) Speaking strictly about Insider releases (I understand the 8.55 in this thread is Release, and I haven't test it, but this fix was previously listed in Insider notes, too), while it was corrected in recent Insider builds, it's broken again in 8.56 (8.56.76.35 right now). Hopefully, it's just a temporary thing.

I always get a notification even though the phone call has been finished for a long time. I cannot close this notification either.

Only when I kill the Skype app is the notification no longer visible.

The normal chat notifications are still very unreliable. They often arrive hours later.

8.56.76.35 for Android

How many participants does Meet Now support? (NON-business Skype)

Hi 

The new "meet now" is more intuitive and easier to use , then the previous "incarnation" of the function...but it would be nice,  if  you could either hide it or move it to setting. so it don't take up space on the"start" page.

It would be great if you could enable full screen in video call, even if your using split view!

And on that note, could you please group all the setting during a video call together  like....... Window, floating, view full video, full screen etc etc

THANK YOU!  for making Skype remember  the languish setting for the spell checking, when your closing Skype, Not just when you log out. 

This started happening after latest update. I can't seem to attach any photos to a message. It shows the photo in a selection screen, but when I tap it, it shuts down Skype, crashes to phone screen. Android Version 9 in  Galaxy 9 Plus.
I keep on enabling split screen mode, but it keeps reverting back for some reason. Many times per day. I am constantly logged in.

One other thing not mentioned is the move from 4 processes to 6, like MS Teams, another Electron app.

Better security and/or performance? Maybe. More memory? Definitely.

Previous 8.x:

8.55+:

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You can't conclude that, since you said you tried the browser version, too.

You might as well also try the desktop version so that you've tried them all (i.e. web, the Win10 Store app that you already have, and now this):

https://go.skype.com/windows.desktop.download

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