June 15th, 2006 by Keith

Skype for Windows

Posted in Fun Stuff, Linux, Mac OS, Web Apps, Windows


Since Skype released the Beta version 2.5 for Windows, the result has been good. Thus, the stable version of Skype was released yesterday.

Skype has made Skype 2.5 easier to install and get connected up to the internet. Furthermore, users will find it easier to pay for the premium features, such as the SkypeOut services. Some of the new features include SMS (short messaging services) functions and the ability to automatically update to major releases of Skype once there is a new release. Hotfixes update can also be configured to be updated automatically.

These are the change log over the previous stable version of 2.0:

  • * feature: Possibility to stop the Import Contact search anytime
  • * feature: Flag emoticons
  • * feature: SMS API
  • * feature: API: PROFILE IPCOUNTRY property
  • * feature: API: CALLVOICEMAIL command
  • * known issue: Public API “OPEN CHAT ” does not work
  • * change: Show Skypecast name instead of pstn number on a Skypecast
  • * change: Recipient list shows SkypeOut numbers that are recently dialed
  • * change: IC: Removed searching through sent mails folder
  • * Arabic (Maktoob.com Inc, Eriksen Translations Inc.), Bulgarian (Nikolina Filipova & Nikolay Filipov ), Chinese Simplified (Leon Yang from TOM Online Inc), Chinese Traditional (Carlos Lee from PChome Online), Czech (Petr Silon), Danish (Eriksen Translations Inc), German (Claudius Henrichs & Dick Schiferli), Estonian (Eve Loopere), Spanish (David Reche), Greek (Panagiotis Sidiropoulos http://www.magenta.gr ), French (Fabrice IMPERIAL & Bruno Lépaulard), Hebrew (Eriksen Translations Inc), Italian (Daniele Conte), Japanese (Mayu Shimizu), Korean (Eriksen Translations Inc), Hungarian (Mark Bender & Laszlo Koncz & Gabor Stefanik) Norwegian (Stig Auestad), Dutch (Kees Koenders), Polish (Karol Szastok) Francisco Ferreira (Portuguese (Portugal)), Portuguese (Brasil) (Eriksen Translations Inc.), Finnish (Heino Keränen), Swedish (Anders Olsson), Turkish (Emin Dede), Russian (Oksana Morina), Romanian (Péter Henning and Mónika Iancu)
  • * bugfix: Problems shutting down previous versions during upgrade
  • * bugfix: Enable answering a call from chat
  • * bugfix: Remove + sign in corner of expanded services panel
  • * bugfix: Chat button on text entry area looked bad under Windows 98 and Millennium Edition
  • * bugfix: Add a contact dialog was only half pre filled for unknown SkypeIn call
  • * bugfix: Installer: Options disabled after pressing back
  • * bugfix: Installer: Options screen should not be there when upgrading
  • * bugfix: Missed call event was sometimes mishandled
  • * bugfix: SO warning not displayed for non-free pstn Skypecast calls
  • * bugfix: View Outlook Contact card was missing SMS icon
  • * bugfix: Changing SkypeOut number removed contact from group
  • * bugfix: Send button of Instant message had no tool tip
  • * bugfix: Standard mood message did not follow language change
  • * bugfix: Action buttons in profile did not have tool tips
  • * bugfix: There was wrong button under Start/Stop video button when pushing it
  • * bugfix: French Guiana flag was different on call tab and drop down list
  • * bugfix: “Unblock this user and try again” link did not work
  • * bugfix: Call Tab: the link “Request Contact details” did not work
  • * bugfix: Installer had a disabled cancel button during installation
  • * bugfix: Call Quality Guide button needed tool tip
  • * bugfix: Mute toolbar-button text did not change to “Un mute”
  • * bugfix: SMS: no error message if entering wrong data when authorizing your number
  • * bugfix: GSW: Enter did not work for arrow buttons
  • * bugfix: SMS: fixed some log area coping issues
  • * bugfix: Ringing was played instead of knocking
  • * bugfix: Call tab looked weird if video was displayed in window
  • * bugfix: Iif SO credit is 0 SkypeOut wizard should be opened
  • * bugfix: Contacts with no Phone number were sometimes added to SMS window
  • * bugfix: Manage API access dialog needs a window title
  • * bugfix: Call button added to UserInfo form
  • * bugfix: Search for Skype Users dialog has large font in country dropdown list
  • * bugfix: No ringtone should be played when adding participant to a conference
  • * bugfix: Was impossible to delete speed dial number
  • * bugfix: Call forwarding supported only 30-chars-long usernames
  • * bugfix: VOICEMAIL command did not work
  • * bugfix: API: Words in chatmessages were treated as usernames
  • * bugfix: API: Incoming conference in history got split into separate calls after Skype restart
  • * bugfix: API: Joining new call to ongoing conference resumed only one participant
  • * bugfix: API: After joining calls to conference CALL CONF_ID was returned for one call only
  • * bugfix: API: Starting conference didn’t return CONF_ID automatically

Skype for Windows can be downloaded here. Builds for other platforms are also available, i.e. Linux or Macintosh.

One Response to “Skype for Windows”

  1. Skype 1.3 Beta for Linux » SoftSift Says:

    [...] Though the Windows version is already at 2.5, Linux version still remains at 1.3 Beta. There are features which are still non-existence in the latter version. However, on the brighter side, Skype is willing to look at improving Skype for Linux shows that they are still intending to target at Linux users. [...]

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