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Busy? Skype for Mac 6.14 Lets You Manage Your Time and Availability More Easily

Today we have released Skype for Mac 6.14. Many of you have busy schedules and are always looking for ways to better manage your availability online, and this version of Skype for Mac helps you do just that.  In addition, we‘ve made some changes to improve compatibility with OS X Mavericks.

Do Disturb

Did you know that you can turn off all notifications, such as new message sounds, by setting your status to Do Not Disturb? This feature has been in Skype for years, but sometimes it can be easy to forget that you’re in this mode and have muted the notifications. That’s why we’ve added a warning to the Notifications preference pane to remind you why you aren’t getting notifications in this state.

Too busy to chat?

If you are busy and have to decline an incoming call, the caller normally gets a busy signal. But if you have Voice messages set up, you now have the option to let declined callers leave you a voice message instead. Adjust the setting in the Calls preference pane (Skype > Preferences… > Calls) by clicking on “Set up Voice Messaging…

One size fits all

You’ve always been able to adjust the size of text in an instant message conversation, but text you typed into the conversation box would remain the same. We’ve amended this so that now the two text sizes will be updated at the same time. Just choose “Make Text Bigger” from the View menu.

We’ve also fixed a number of reported bugs. Sound output from Skype to Bluetooth headphones and speakers wasn’t working on Mavericks. (This was caused by a change in the way that OS X reported available Bluetooth devices.) There was also a mach port leak on Mavericks which could lead to app and system slowness and, in some cases, kernel panics. Both are resolved in 6.14.

We hope you enjoy this update. Download Skype for Mac 6.14 today, give it a try, and let us know what you think. To share your feedback or to get the latest news and tips, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and join us on the Skype Community.

Known issues:

Category Description Workaround
Screen sharing MacBook Pro users who share their screens can see video problems, and may be logged out entirely. Please see this thread on our community site for workaround.
Chat Animated emoticons can lead to high CPU usage when they are scrolled into view. Preferences > Messaging > Emoticons > Standard

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