Microsoft continues its stint of short burst of Skype 8 releases. A few days after the release of Skype 8.32, Skype 8.33 stable has been released with a few new features. While the dooms day for Skype Classic 7 is coming nearer, Microsoft is adding new features to version 8 to make it more attractive to the users.
The latest version of Skype is visually more appealing and functionally more feature packed than the classic version. It is always recommended to keep your software up to date. This may force you to a learning curve but using latest technologies will make you more productive and less vulnerable to Internet threats.
With the latest Skype 8.33, you can use the usual features like Skype calls, call recording, instant messaging and group chats. Although the newer version is being delivered as upgrade on the systems where Skype 8.32 is installed, Microsoft has not yet released the release notes. So no one knows for sure which features have been added to this software release.
If we compare the files from Skype 8.32 with Skype 8.33 files, we can safely say that no new major changes have been introduced in this release of Skype. Apart RtmCodes.dll which has a change size of 2 KB, all other files are less than a KB.
I will keep monitoring for the change log to be released from Microsoft and will update this article accordingly.
Export History From 7.x
Since support for Skype 7 classic is diminishing, it is time that you export your chat history from classic version to new version. This makes sure that you never lose your data.
To export chat history from Skype 7, open Settings –> Messaging –> Export –> Export chat history.
You can also import the chat history directly from Skype 8. For this, go to Settings –> Messaging –> Export chat history from Skype 7.x.
The installation of Skype is straight forward. Just follow the instructions after downloading the Skype. You can update your previous versions by going to Help and Feedback.
Some of the frequently asked questions related to Skype are
Can Skype 8.33 run along side Skype 7.40?
Yes you can run Skype 7.40 and 8.33 along side each other. The two apps will be able to sign into the same account simultaneously.However ,it is wise to upgrade to the latest version of Skype instead of using the Classic one which is bound to be discontinued soon.
When will Skype 7.40 support expire?
Support for Skype version 7 will end on November 1, 2018. You will be automatically logged out of the previous version and you can use Skype only if you install the latest versions higher than version 7. Before expiration, you can access previous chat history within one year duration. You can also export your chat history to spreadsheet or some other software but you can encounter some formatting issues.
What is the difference between Skype for Business and Skype 8?
Skype for Business is a managed version of Skype meaning that it can be managed from a centralized location like Active Directory or a DNS Server. Skype for business functionality is almost same like Skype. The difference is in video conferencing and security. Skype for Business comes with enterprise grade security features and supports up to 250 people in online meetings. It is not free and costs around $2/user/month.
What is Skype for web?
You can now login to Skype even if you don’t have the application installed on your computer. Just go to https://web.skype.com and login with your Microsoft credentials to login to Skype for web. Skype is also integrated into Outlook.com web mail. You will automatically be signed into Skype if you login to outlook.com.
Can I record my audio call in Skype?
Yes the newest version of Skype 8.33 lets the user record audio calls. The option becomes visible when you call someone. All audio and video calls in Skype are free but both of the users must be using Skype.
If you have any questions about the latest versions, do ask in the comments.