Voicemail and version 1.3 released
As the [announcement says](http://www.skype.com/company/news/2005/voicemail_v13.html), we released Skype for Windows 1.3 last night. Alongside with this, the Skype Voicemail service is no longer in beta.
]]>The main changes in version 1.3 were already outlined in the [1.3 beta announcement post](http://blogs.skype.com/blog/products_and_services/skype_for_windows_1.3_beta_available/) a few weeks back, such as the appearance of event panel and animated emoticons. Full list of changes is in [change log](http://www.skype.com/products/skype/windows/changelog.html).
Read more about the five new and many other updated languages in this version in [Siim's post](http://blogs.skype.com/blog/products_and_services/we_just_learned_5_new_languages/).
Regarding voicemail, one thing that differentiates it from all the other voicemail services you’ve been using so far is that you can leave voicemail to anyone if you have subscribed to the Skype Voicemail service. To our knowledge, this hasn’t been done before in other services. (If you know it has, tell us!) So far, it has been received well, and we’d appreciate more feedback if you’re finding it useful — or if you think this was a totally pointless and weird thing to do, tell us too.
Just as before, Skype Voicemail is free for you if you buy a [SkypeIn](http://www.skype.com/products/skypein/) number, so why not do that and be available on the phone when you’re not on Skype. Or if you prefer, you can get just voicemail.
I like a small change, or rather reverting back to old stuff, we did in 1.3, because it illustrates how feedback works. You now again have the “Automatically answer call” setting under the advanced options. We used to have this in 1.1 and earlier versions. In 1.2, the whole Options section, including all notification settings, got a major rework and we eliminated the options we figured would be unnecessary to users. This included the “Automatically answer call” setting that was no longer there in 1.2.
Then suddenly, we got all these people come to our [forums](/forum_links/) to say “hey why did you take this away? This was useful.” As it turns out, the “Automatically answer calls” setting was heavily used by a lot of folks playing online shooter games where Skype is great for team communication. It makes sense — when you’re in a fullscreen situation blasting up your friends with a big bad nailgun or rocket launcher, the last thing you want to do is to hear the Skype TRRRRRRRRR ring, exit/minimize the game (many games even don’t support tasking to another window when they’re running), find the Skype window, click the answer button and go back where you left off. Because by then you’re simply dead. But see, we’re kinda busy coding away Skype here and most of us don’t play those kind of games, so we didn’t know that stuff. So we’re happy you came and told us and now it’s back.
So [download that 1.3](http://www.skype.com/go/download), use voicemail, and then come [tell us](/forum_links/) what else we can do better in the next versions.