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Skype 5.11 for Windows – Beta

Today we have released a Beta version of Skype 5.11 for Windows. In this release, we are enabling Skype users to reach even more of their friends and family. We’ve added beta support for:

  • Sharing Instant Messages with friends with Messenger
  • You can now sign in with your Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID), and see presence as well as send and receive IM messages from your friends who are using Messenger, Xbox, Hotmail or

  • Improved Facebook integration
  • You can now sign in directly with your Facebook account log in, without needing to first create a Skype account.

  • Support for 6 new languages
  • We are excited to support our growing community around the world with new localized versions of Skype in Thai, Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian, Catalan and Slovak, bringing the total languages Skype supports to 38.

This is a Beta release and we want your help in identifying issues and providing us with feedback by visiting the Skype Support Network or on our public issue tracker.

Download and try the Beta today.

In addition, we have added new features and minor improvements to improve usability of the Skype for Windows client.

  • Sign in with a Microsoft or Facebook account.
  • You can now sign into Skype directly using a Microsoft or Facebook account, without having to first create a Skype account, making it easier to connect with friends on Skype without needing to setup a new Skype account.

  • Link Microsoft and Facebook accounts to a Skype account.
  • If you sign in with a Microsoft or Facebook account you will be offered the option to link your Skype account. If you choose the link option then Skype will display a combined list of friends. This is an area we are still working through so please let us know about your experience.

  • Updated visual design.
  • We have refreshed and flattened the Skype UI with a simpler and less cluttered look.

  • Removal of the online user count.
  • We have removed the online user counter at the bottom of your Skype Contacts list to unclutter the UI and make more space for your friends within the contacts list.

  • Display previously created profile pictures.
  • When you change your profile picture, we will now show you all of your previous Skype profile pictures so you don’t have to look through old files if you want to use a previous image.

  • Improved telemetry.
  • We are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of our product. To that end we are adding additional “opt-in” telemetry reports for users who choose this option:
    “Tools>> Options>>Advanced>>Tick “Help improve Skype…”
    The reports may contain your Skype ID and or Microsoft Account ID but we will not use it to identify you or contact you.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing about your experiences.

– The Skype team


Resolved issues:

Category Description
Calling After resuming call from hold Skype showed double call monitor
Login Skype crashed on login in case user had specific cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Localization It was not possible to edit profile info if Skype was in Right to Left language
Favorites It was not possible to rearrange Favorites
IM Some special characters were not properly displayed in IM
Audio Skype decreased music volume on Windows 7 with any Skype sound playing
Generic Skype sometimes did not detect mousewheel activity
Video Fixed “out of video memory” issues with old graphics cards
Favorites Favorites list was cleared when deleting Skype history in client

Known issues:

Category Description Workaround
Change a password It’s not possible to change your password in Skype if you have logged in with Microsoft or Facebook account Change password with the respective service provider.
Online Number Incoming calls using Online numbers do not work when logged in with Microsoft or Facebook accounts None available.
Video Calling Video stops when changing camera during a call Restart sending video after switching camera
Contacts It’s not yet possible to add, remove or accept Microsoft and Facebook contacts from contact list Add, remove or accept contact in your Facebook or Microsoft account
Linking After linking a Microsoft account and a Skype account, signing in with your Skype account will still show Messenger contacts, but they will appear offline. Sign in with your Microsoft credentials to your merged account.

Volunteer localization of Skype for Windows has been done by:

  • Bulgarian: Nikolina Filipova & Nikolay Filipov
  • Chinese (Simplified): Wang Miao (
  • Chinese (Traditional): Penny Yang, Carlos Lee (PChome)
  • Czech: Petr Silon
  • Dutch: Kees Koenders
  • French: Fabrice Imperial & Bruno Lépaulard
  • German: Claudius Henrichs & Dick Schiferli
  • Hungarian: Mark Bender
  • Italian: Daniele Conte
  • Lithuanian: Viktoras Kriukovas
  • Norwegian: Stig Auestad
  • Polish: Karol Szastok
  • Portuguese: Francisco Ferreira
  • Romanian: Péter & Mónika Henning
  • Turkish: Ömer Emin Dede
  • Ukrainian: Vitaliy Kupchynskyy

2 thoughts on “Skype 5.11 for Windows – Beta

  1. mathieuquentin said 4 years ago

    Thanks for this. My outlook contacts are now imported, but how can I add an Outlook contact afterwards, from skype interface ?

  2. zenbaku said 4 years ago


    How many of the feautures of WLM will be “ported” to Skype?

    Windows Live Group are a great way to keep in touch with a group of people. I mostly talk with my friends using that (which no other client offers, actually).

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