There is yet another update to Skype 8. Skype 8.32 has been released by Microsoft with a few but interesting new features. Microsoft has already announced that Skype Classic 7.4 will be retired at the beginning of November. It may or may not work after 1st November. So it is always advisable to upgrade to the latest Skype 8.
If you are skeptical about the new Skype, Microsoft has already included almost all the features of Skype Classic in the latest version like copy/paste multiple messages and searching through messages capabilities etc.
Microsoft has integrated To-Do list manager with Skype. Now the To-Do list manager of Microsoft seems to be tightly integrated with most of their technologies including Office 365, MS Outlook and now Skype.
To open To-Do Manager in Skype, simply press the + button at the bottom right corner of the window and select Microsoft To-Do.
You can directly add/complete tasks from inside Skype.
Drag and drop files with ease
Although already present, the feature of drag and drop files for sending to your contacts is more enhanced. You can select a contact and drag n drop the file to the Skype window anywhere to start the sending process.
You can also drag the file and drop it on the contact’s name in contact list to send the file.
Share videos up to 1 minute
The change log of Skype 8.32 doesn’t tell much about this feature. It only states that you can share videos up to one minute now. I think the limit was less than one minute before this release. If anyone has more information about this feature, please let us know in the comments below.
Installation and updates
The installation is simple. Just download Skype from the links given below, run the installer and follow the instructions.
If you want to update the Skype, go to Skype and Select Help and Feedback. It will manually check for the updates and install the latest update if available.
Skype 8.32 is supported on majority of the platforms including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Skype is also supported on non-Microsoft platforms like Mac, Linux, Android and iOS. Skype runs on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Operating Systems.
Let’s quickly go through some frequently asked questions related to Skype so that we can use and troubleshoot the application effectively.
Can Skype 8.32 run along side Skype 7.40?
Yes you can run Skype 7.40 and 8.32 along side each other. The two apps will be able to sign into the same account simultaneously. But since Microsoft is listening to its Skype users and is adding almost all the missing features in Skype 8.32, 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 8.31 lets the user record audio calls. The option becomes visible when you call someone.
Can I use Skye for screen sharing?
Although Skype can’t be used for support assistance, the users can share their computer screens on Skype. The option is visible when you are in a call with another Skype user.
Does Skype cost money?
Skype to Skype calls and text messages are free. There are some charges when you call from Skype to any landline or mobile no. worldwide. You can check out the calling rates here.
If you have any question in mind regarding Skype 8.32, please ask in the comments below and we will try to answer all your queries.