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Skype 5.6 for Windows with improved screen sharing

Today we have released Skype 5.6 for Windows.

In this version we have polished some of our existing features to help improve the overall ease of use.

The main changes in Skype 5.6 are:

  • Screen sharing improvements
  • New ‘getting started’ experience
  • Small changes to the call controls
  • The ‘Call Phones’ button has been moved
  • Updated ‘Click to Call’ browser plugins
  • In call advertising
  • ‘Skype Home’ UI improvements in compact mode
  • Share your thoughts about this new version on our Support Network or in case you see the odd issue then please report it to us on our public issue tracker.

Get this new version of Skype now or continue to read on to learn more about the updates in this release.

Please let us know what you think about Skype 5.6 for Skype by discussing what matters on the Skype Support Network or in case you see something unexpected happening with Skype then please report it on our

Deeper insight into the updates in this new version.


Screen sharing improvements

We have improved the way you start and control screen sharing during a call. When you start a ‘Share screens’ session there is now an introductory message where you can select to share in full screen mode or in a window. You can also select which window or monitor to share, in case you have more than one available.

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New getting started experience

We have improved the first time set-up experience for new Skype users. The new getting started process walks you through a number of easy steps to help set up Skype, so it’s working as it should – including setting up the webcam, checking the audio and adding a profile picture, so it’s easier for your friends to be able to find you on Skype.

Changes to the call controls

As part of the call controls the call monitor now automatically appears when you switch to another window or application, while you are on a call. The call monitor is a small neat widget that shows the live video call and basic call controls.

Moved the ‘Call Phones’ button

In Skype 5.6 for Windows we have merged the Call phones and Account buttons into one, at the top of the window. We have also added some of the account information straight into the Call Phones page.

Updated Skype Click to Call browser plugins

In this release we have updated our Skype Click to Call browser plugins. We have added support for Firefox 7, improved Outlook Web Access and introduced an auto-update feature.

In call advertising

In this release we have introduced in-call advertising, which will appear to some of our non-paying customers, during Skype audio calls. Users who have either Skype Credit or any of our subscriptions will not see advertising. Users have the option to hide the ad while on the call by simply clicking on the “Close ad” button.

Skype Home improvements in Compact mode

We have revised how Skype Home behaves, so now it does not open when you start up Skype in compact mode.

The full release notes for Skype 5.6.0.105 are:

Changes:

  • ‘Share screens’ improvements
  • New ‘getting started’ experience
  • Small changes to the call controls

One thought on “Skype 5.6 for Windows with improved screen sharing

  1. dark.sakura1 said 2 years ago

    when in full screen some of the actual screen goes down , does not fit completely to the screen posotion . and sharing screen also does not show the entire screen most of it is not shown . video clearity not good either sides not like before .

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