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Skype 5.9 for iPhone: Start conversations quickly and easily

UPDATE: Thank you to the overwhelming number of people who applied to be a part of the Skype for iOS Pre-Release program! As we only have a limited number of places available we’re closing the application for iOS pre-release program for the moment. We will be reviewing the applicants and sending out emails to users who were accepted into the program shortly. We will update this forum if additional spaces become available in the future.

At Skype, we’re not content with good enough, or fast enough, we’re always trying to make things better for our users. Today we’re releasing Skype 5.9 for iPhone, which brings UI improvements to both the dial pad and new chat picker so you can start chatting with your friends and family more quickly and easily than ever. Also, since we love hearing your feedback, we’re starting a new program to let you tell us what you think, before new versions are even released. Keep reading to learn more.

In Skype 5.9 for iPhone, when you start typing a phone number in the dial pad, Skype will suggest contacts with matching phone numbers, making it faster to find who you want to talk to.

We’ve also updated the new chat picker to make starting conversations easier. Once you’ve chosen who you want to talk to, tap the phone or video icon at the top to start your call. (To open the chat picker, tap on the message icon on the bottom navigation bar when in the recents, favorites or people view.)



We’re looking for enthusiastic Skype users who are interested in providing feedback that will shape and enhance Skype for iOS to join our new pre-release program. If you’d like access to early versions of Skype and can provide us with regular feedback, read more about the program and application process here. Applicants must be 18 or over, have a valid email address and Skype account or Microsoft Account to apply. Places are limited. Terms and conditions apply.

Have a great idea that you want to share? Let us know via the new iOS Ideas group in the Skype Community. To get the latest news and tips, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. If you’ve not yet downloaded the latest version of Skype for iPhone, you can get the update from the App Store – all you’ll need is iOS 7 or later.


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