Giving Your Computer A Break with Skype for Windows Desktop 6.13

Today we have released version 6.13 of Skype for Windows desktop. Some of you have reported that your computer processor usage is high when Skype for Windows desktop is running with Chrome as your default browser. We’d like to let you know that we have identified and fixed the issues with this update.

We’ve also addressed a few other bugs including enhanced stability during both group video call and in High DPI mode.

If you haven’t already, please download Skype for Windows desktop 6.13 for free 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.


  1. overall CPU usage has been reduced with However, I am noticing a new problem. When switching the the skype application, the app appears to lock up for about 5 seconds before becoming usable. This happens with consistency.

  2. As of 6.16(.0.105, currently), the high CPU usage seems to have returned – Skype consistently uses the entirety of one core on my i5-4670K (25 %), and every time I receive a message it jumps up to 100 %, locking up my computer anywhere from 5 seconds to 20 minutes. Needless to say, I can’t use Skype when it behaves like that.

    I use Chrome as default browser and have Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Neither reinstalling the current version nor downgrading to 6.13 helped.

    Interestingly enough, I don’t have the problem on my laptop. It, too, has Chrome as default browser, but a 2-core Celeron 1.90GHz processor instead of the 4-core i5-4670K 3.40GHz on my desktop. I’m currently using the laptop for Skype, but it is an imperfect solution at best.

    A fix would be greatly appreciated.

    – Andrew

Comments are closed.