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
- Improved Facebook integration
- Support for 6 new languages
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 Outlook.com.
You can now sign in directly with your Facebook account log in, without needing to first create a Skype account.
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.
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.
- Link Microsoft and Facebook accounts to a Skype account.
- Updated visual design.
- Removal of the online user count.
- Display previously created profile pictures.
- Improved telemetry.
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.
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.
We have refreshed and flattened the Skype UI with a simpler and less cluttered look.
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.
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.
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
|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|
|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 (TOM.com)
- 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