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Skype 5.8 for Windows: Full HD video-calling, Facebook integration, Group Screen Sharing

We have just released an update to Skype for Windows (version 5.8). Please download this latest version now and let us know what you think about it by commenting on our Support Network or by filing issues on our public issue tracker.

Features and improvements of Skype 5.8 for Windows are:

  • Full HD video-calling
  • Support for Facebook audio and video-calling (beta)
  • Group screen sharing
  • Hide offline Facebook contacts
  • Push to Talk
  • Skype updater service
  • Bing Bar integration

Full HD video-calling

Now you can make crystal clear video-calls with your loved ones or business contacts by utilizing the latest technology for Skype and Logitech, which is incorporated into the latest update to Skype for Windows and the Logitech C920 webcam.

With Logitech c920 the video encoding is done inside the camera which enables full HD or HD video quality with older computers. To enjoy full HD quality at its best, you will need at least a 2 Mbps upload/download speed.

Group screen share

Group screen sharing allows users to share their entire screen or a single application window with other participants on a conference call while continuing to stream video. To start a group screen share, choose the + menu during a call and select “share my screen.” Group screen sharing is available with Skype Premium, which also includes Group video calling and live chat customer support.

Video calling to Facebook users

Now you can make video calls with all of your friends on Facebook, even if they aren’t Skype users. To start a video call with a Facebook friend, select the person in your list and click “video call.”

Push to Talk

We have introduced a “Push to Talk” feature in Skype. Many people who are playing multiplayer games have requested this feature, which allows users to set a hotkey to toggle microphone muting on a Skype call. You can set the “Push to Talk” up on the hotkey’s selection under tools > options > advanced > hotkeys.

Full release notes for the Skype 5.8.0.154 for Windows are:

New features and improvements:

  • Full HD video-calling
  • Support for Facebook audio and video-calling (beta)
  • Group screen sharing
  • Hide offline Facebook contacts
  • Push to Talk
  • Skype updater service
  • Bing Bar integration

Fixed issues:

Category Description
Accessibility Active call plus menu focusing was not correct
Calling Seldomly in compact mode call duration was not displayed
Group conversations It was not possible to add a phone number to a group which belonged to a Facebook contact
Options Proxy settings in client were not disabled when proxy was set using registry keys

Download the most recent version of Skype for Windows today and share your feedback by commenting on our Support Network or by filing issues on our public issue tracker.

Skype Security is pleased to recognize the security researchers who have helped make Skype products safer by finding and reporting security vulnerabilities. Each name listed represents an individual or company who has privately disclosed one or more security vulnerabilities in our products and worked with us to remediate the issue.
Masato Kinugawa
URL: http://l0.cm

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