Skype 188.8.131.52 for Windows: DEP crashing fix
Skype 184.108.40.206 for Windows is now out. [Get it here.](http://www.skype.com/products/skype/windows/)
The detailed list of changes is in the [change log](http://www.skype.com/products/skype/windows/changelog.html). Most fixes are minor, but one deserves attention — the DEP crashing fix.
A story has been going round on this ([the original that started it](http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=148)). We know this bug affected increasingly large number of users, and we’re relieved we got it fixed now.
]]>For those digging the gory details, DEP is a Windows security technology that’s supposed to stop bad code from running on your computer. Until now, Skype may have crashed with DEP, even though there was nothing bad in it — it was simply a bug in Skype that’s now squashed.
Update, thanks to [George Ou](http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/) and others: if you had DEP enabled in hardware and DEP is enabled for all processes in Windows XP, then Skype wouldn’t work. If you added Skype to the exceptions list, it worked. But editing all these exception lists is both inconvenient and potentially unsafe (if there is ever a real bug in Skype that DEP would catch, Skype in exceptions list would override that) and as the problem was getting worse as more and more people got new AMD and Intel processors where DEP is supported in hardware, we got our act together and found and fixed the bug.
If you added Skype to some DEP exception list before this release, feel free to upgrade to 220.127.116.11 and then remove it from the exceptions list.