Skype 5.0 for Windows goes Gold
I’m proud to report to you that Skype 5.0 for Windows is now Gold, and we’re ready for everyone to start enjoying the new user experience and features offered in this release.
Principal new features:
* Group video calling (beta)
* Skype Home
* Integration with Facebook
* Offline instant messaging
* New contact search and improved contact adding
* Enhanced call quality experience
* User interface refresh
We recommend that you upgrade straight away, as some of the new features – Group Video Calling and Offline IM – are only available for people when all participants are using the latest version.
Start downloading it now and let your friends know about it.
Before talking more about the new features I would like to thank all the people who have given their feedback to us – it matters a lot. One good example is the fact that we have made showing avatar pictures in the contact list an optional feature.
Group Video Calling
In Skype 5.0 we support group video calling which enables families and businesses in multiple locations to meet with each other over video. Group video calling requires a modern computer and broadband internet connection.
Skype Home is a new area in Skype which provides relevant updates for you, including information about your purchases, your friends’ mood message updates, and videos to help new users get started with Skype.
Integration with Facebook
We have introduced the Facebook news feed, where you can keep track of the people and communities you care about. You can also see your Facebook phonebook, which lets you call and SMS your friends on Facebook. You can also comment on and ‘like’ wall posts, just like you can in Facebook itself.
Now you can send and receive messages from your friends who are offline. Messages will be delivered when you sign in to Skype, even if your friend is not online anymore.
This feature works only for the people who are on the Skype version which supports it.
Enhanced call quality experience
In this new version we have considerably improved the call experience if something goes wrong with your Internet connection.
Skype will inform you about potential issues with the call and offer advice about how to improve your call quality. Skype also tries to re-establish your connection to the person you’re calling automatically to avoid call drops, and if the call should still drop, we inform you about it and automatically redial the call for you.
User interface refresh
We have made numerous updates to Skype’s UI, including a new profile and mood message area as part of Skype Home; the Contact list, which now shows your contacts’ profile pictures; Recents list, which is a merger of the former Conversations list and History; and other minor tweaks and improvements.
Full release notes for the release build 188.8.131.52 are:
|Calling||Removed post call experience|
|Contact list||Added an option to disable avatar pictures in contact list.|
|Accessibility||Accessibility in Call Phones tab was not properly supported.|
|Accessibility||Accessibility was not fully supported in Call View.|
|Accessibility||It was not possible to accept or reject a contact request via keyboard.|
|Accessibility||Labels in Add people widget were not visible to Jaws.|
|Audio||When the user redialed within 10 seconds the audio was sometimes silent.|
|Browser plugin||During Skype update it was impossible to change language for Skype browser plugin.|
|Browser plugin||Skype browser plugin was wrongly interpreting US vanity numbers that exeed 11 digits.|
|Browser plugin||Sometimes the browser plugin dropdown menu was shown in the wrong place on the screen.|
|Call phones||Call Phones tab showed wrong information about subscriptions when user did not have reccurring payments enabled.|
|Call Phones||Call to invalid number message was not cleared.|
|Call phones||Calling rates under subscriptions were sometimes not correctly shown.|
|Call phones||Header area in call phones tab sometimes showed some messages in text format instead of graphical.|
|Call Phones||Numberpad on call phones was not displayed properly on low screen resolutions.|
|Call phones||Sometimes the rates lookup drop down list appeared in wrong place when using Skype in compact mode.|
|Call Quality Indicator||Call Quality Indicator did not warn user if he mutes microphone in Windows settings.|
|Call Quality Indicator||Call Quality Indicator stated unknown connection speed.|
|Call Quality Indicator||Call restablishment message will remain on a call which appears to be fine, though available bandwidth is very low.|
|Call quality indicator||The call quality indicator sometimes incorrectly reported medium quality when in fact the video call was in high definition.|
|Call transfer||Call transfer to a phone number not in contact list did not work.|
|Call Transfer||Video was not transmitted after call transfer.|
|Call view||Occasionally the call view had white boxes instead of texts.|
|Calling||In rare occasions Skype crashed after changing microphone.|
|Contact List||Creating a Skype Out contact from recently dialled numbers was malfunctioning.|
|Contact list||There were some text formatting errors in Recents list.|
|Contact search||Avatar picture was not displayed in Public profile view.|
|Contact search||Sometimes, Add contacts buttons text was only partially visible.|
|Contact search||User search, based on e-mail and phone number, did not display partial results if full matches were present.|
|File Sending||On rare cases file receiver saw a erroneous message ‘The file isn’t available’.|
|File transfer||Skype sometimes stopped responding when accepting File Transfer in group conversation.|
|Group video call||Message box that appears so users can activate a free trial remained even after trial is activated.|
|Group video call||Often when adding a third participant to a video call the host was not notified about the need to activate a free trail in order to use group video calling.|
|Group video call||Placing a group video call with no free trial appears to other participants as missed conversation.|
|Group video call||Video could sometimes freeze for some participants on Group video calls.|
|Localization||There was no support for languages read right to left in profile view.|
|Login/Logout||Skype opened in focus if Skype was set to autostart.|
|Miscellaneous||Skype sometimes crashed when switching Windows user under Windows 7.|
|Miscellaneous||Skype was starting as maximized during autostart process.|
|Miscellaneous||When opening main menu Skype asked user to install Flash player if user did not have it previously installed.|
|Screen sharing||During screen sharing, the shared area may be partially cropped when resizing it.|
|Screen sharing||Netbooks with Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Graphics Chipset and Windows 7 sometimes had problems when receiving large screen sharing resolutions beyond 1322 x 823.|
|Screen sharing||Receiving a large resolution screen share could have artefacts on screen.|
|Screen sharing||When receiving screen sharing from Skype for Mac version 2.8, sometimes the screen does not load on the 5.0 side.|
|Skype Access||The Skype Access connection display did not pop-up correctly when trying to connect to supported hotspot after starting Skype up.|
|Skype Home||In some cases, avatar pictures were missing from Skype Home feed.|
|Skype Home||Occasionally mood message update displays may be disrupted when the network connection is momentarily lost.|
|Skype Home||Skype Home is not scaling very well to small and big window|
|Skype Home||Sometimes there was a connection error when trying to open account panel from client alert in Skype Home.|
|Skype Home||Un-sent mood message updates within Skype Home will not be saved when navigating away from Skype Home.|
|Video||Clicking on the webcamera settings may cause Skype to crash.|
|Video||In rare cases users video may not start correctly when using Logitech webcam pro 9000.|
|Video||In rare cases, video may not be received by the other party even if the local preview is working correctly|
|Video||Skype crashed if user quit Skype during an active call.|
|Video||Skype may not work properly with virtual cameras|
|Video||Switching between USB camera and HP Virtual webcam locks the camera|
|Video||The call receiver may not see HQ logo on their side during HQ call|
|Video||The receiver may not see HQ logo in the local preview while the receiver sees the logo on his side.|
|Video||The Skype video snapshots feature is not working on Windows XP SP3.|
|Video||This version of Skype (5.0) has increased CPU usage which may effect video quality on some computers.|
|Video||Under some circumstances upon ending a Skype Video call the webcam can still be capturing video even though it is no-longer in use.|
|Video||Video call picture quality was sometimes lower than expected in good conditions.|
|Video||Video calls may not work with virtual machines.|
|Video||Video calls on a secondary display causes higher CPU load compared to usage on the primary display.|
|Video||Video may stop if you lock and unlock your computer while on a call|
|Video||Video might freeze in calls with H.264 devices.|
|Video in mood||DailyMotion videos which have been added to a mood message are not being displayed to other contacts.|
|Voicemail||Calls go to Voicemail for offline users even if they have disabled it from Options.|
|Voicemail||Message that display’s “Item has been deleted from conversation history.” sometimes appeared after sending Voicemail. Voicemail itself will be sent without problems.|