New Update Skype 8.x Stable and Preview - New features and updates

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Microsoft revealed its future plans for Skype, the communication service that it acquired in 2011 for $8.5 billion. The next version of Skype will be "improved, faster, reliable, and super modern-looking" according to Microsoft.

Skype's Web version will support all browsers, according to Microsoft. Skype for the Web does not support several web browsers currently, including Mozilla Firefox.

When you visit Device not supported right now in Firefox or another unsupported browser, you get the the "browser not supported" prompt and the suggestion to either use Microsoft's own Edge browser or use Skype for the desktop.
The future Skype
Microsoft's announcement on the official Skype blog is a long read. Here are the most important changes coming to the next version of Skype:
  • Familiar interface with a modernized look. Theme refreshes.
  • Skype users find themselves on the main view during calls.
  • All participants will be visible, even if they don't share video.
  • Performance improvements: 30% on the desktop, 2000% on Android.
  • Options to disable video stream and to hide audio-only participants in the calling stage.
  • Upgraded chat headers, group avatars, fluent icons.
  • Meet Now integration to create and join Skype calls without need to sign-in, create an account or have the Skype app installed.
  • Previews of join links.
  • Office Lens functionality on Android and iOS.
  • TwinCam feature to add other devices as secondary cameras to Skype.
  • Customization of notification sounds.
  • In-call reactions redesign and support for "super reactions".
 
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A month and a half ago Microsoft released Skype 8.90 Preview to Insiders with several new features, it added auto-language detection for call subtitles and translation, view and scan a QR code to easily connect to contacts and more. Over on iOS, a new Calendar extension was added to attach Skype meetings to calendar events, and Skype on Android started supporting themed icons among other new features and bug fixes. Now today, Microsoft is rolling out the stable version of Skype 8.90 on all supported platforms.

Below is the changelog:

Skype for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web
  • We’ve made it easier to save a phone number as a contact. Learn more about how to add a phone number as a contact in Skype.
  • You can access your profile quickly by clicking on your profile name. Learn more about how to update your profile information in Skype.
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements. We swept up some bugs and did some straightening up.
Skype for Android, iPhone, and iPad
  • We’ve made it easier to save a phone number as a contact. Learn more about how to add a phone number as a contact in Skype.
  • You can access your profile quickly by tapping on your profile name. Learn more about how to update your profile information in Skype.
  • For iPhone and iPad, if you receive an image in Skype, and you have Show Previews enabled, you can tap and hold on the message notification to get a preview of the image from your lock screen.
Microsoft also shared some info on fixes made since the previous version of Skype:

What’s fixed?
  • Notification issues on Amazon FireOS
  • On changing the language continuously, the Done button was disabled on Windows
  • Call and messaging issues on Android for some of our users in China
There are also several Known Issues that are platform specific that you can view here.

Microsoft warned that the new features are rolling out in a staggered state, so you might not see some features immediately after updating. The team is also eagerly waiting for your feedback on the new features and fixes, but also if you come up against a bug, be sure to report it on Skype's Feedback Portal.

Skype will automatically update on Windows 10 and 11, as well as on Android and iOS, but if you preferred the standalone version, you can grab that from here.
 

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Skype gets real-time video calls translation "TruVoice" with your personal voice​

The new translation capabilities in Skype support English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, and other languages. For now, TruVoice is available only in one-to-one calls, but Microsoft promises to upgrade group calls and Telephony in the next few months.

You can learn more about real-time translations with your personal voice in a post on the official Skype Blog.


 

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Skype 8.99 Preview Update

What’s new?
  • Weather at your fingertips
  • Distinct Calls and Phone tabs on mobile platforms
  • Prioritized Skype Contacts in Contacts tab
  • Interactive Bing chat prompts
  • Bing toolbox
  • Instant access to Bing chats
  • Auto-play for consecutive audio messages
  • Revamped landing page illustrations
  • Stability improvements & Bug fixes:
    • The search bar blocking visibility of the top chat in the conversation list on iPad.
Official blog: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/skype/forum/all/skype-insider-release-notes-for-skype-89976102/
News source: Latest Skype Preview update adds MSN Weather, improved calls, better Bing integration, more
 

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Skype Insider update: Skype Insider Release Notes for Skype 8.107.76.212

What’s new in Skype 8.107 Preview?


Introducing the Message Replies UI Redesign 💌


Elevate your chat clarity! Dive into Skype's redesigned message replies UI, making every conversation flow seamlessly and coherently. 🗨️
  • 📌 Distinctive Replies: Say goodbye to confusion. The new vertical line ensures you instantly spot message replies amidst the chatter.
  • 🎨 Themes that Adapt: Our reply lines are more than decorative; they sync effortlessly with your chosen message theme.
  • 🌓 Shadow & Depth: Experience a touch of finesse with the subtle shadow effects, ensuring replies stand out gracefully.
  • 💬 Across All Message Types: Whether it's a witty text or a quirky GIF, our UI retains its charm, making sure replies are always on point.
  • 🌐 Accessibility Above All: Our commitment to inclusivity shines through, ensuring the UI works seamlessly for everyone, including users with visual impairments or those using screen readers.
Dive into a chat environment where clarity and design go hand-in-hand on all platforms, enhancing every message and reply!
Skype's Refreshed Audio Messages UI!

Elevate your audio messaging experience! Dive into Skype's newly polished audio messages UI, making every chat session melodious and engaging.
  • 🔊 Play on Demand: Simply tap the Play/Pause button or waveform, and dive into the voice message. No fuss, just pure audio delight.
  • 🌊 Visualize Your Voice: With our Audio Wave Indicator, watch the waveform come alive, changing color as your message flows.
  • ⏳ Know Your Duration: A glance gives away the length of your audio. Plus, handy timestamps connected to the waveform guide you.
  • ⏩ Speedy Playback: Long messages? No worries! Adjust the playback speed and listen at your own pace.
  • ✨ Pristine Interface: We keep it clean when there’s no message, but once you hit play, our UI leaps into action, guiding you every step of the way.
Dive into a richer audio chat experience on all platforms, where every message is more than just words – it's a symphony!
New Camera Experience in Skype Mobile enhancement - Media Preview in Skype Mobile Composer!

With our latest update to the Camera on Mobile improvements, you can now preview your selected media directly in the Skype mobile composer, just like you do on the desktop version. Every photo, every video, right where you type!

  • 🔍 See Before Sending: Whether you pick a single photo or multiple, view them all in the composer before hitting send.
  • 💻 Consistency Across Platforms: Enjoy a unified experience, mirroring the desktop's media preview capability.
  • 🧹 Simplified Media Handling: Deselected a media? The preview vanishes, keeping your composer neat and organized.
  • ✅ Send With Confidence: Media only gets sent once you tap 'Send', allowing you to curate your message perfectly.
  • ❌ Flexible Canceling: Easily remove a media from the preview with a single tap.
  • 🎥 Mixed Media Mastery: Preview both photos and videos together seamlessly.
  • ⚠️ Never Overload: Get notified if you exceed the 10-media selection limit.
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Reimagine your Skype mobile experience and share media with precision, confidence, and style!
Stability improvements & Bug fixes:
  • Universal Call End: Now everyone on Android can seamlessly conclude calls.
  • Seamless Link Integration: Bing links in Skype now open effortlessly with our in-app browser on Windows.
  • Dark Mode Refinement: Improved text visibility in calls and contacts tab for Windows users enjoying dark mode.
As usual, all new features are rolling out gradually over the next couple of days so if you don’t see them right away, just check again soon. 
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