New Skype Version 188.8.131.52 Released – But Well Hidden
- Fixed issue with the Skype Click-to-Call plugin – this had caused a memory leak in Firefox, leading to crashes and error messages.
- Fixed issue with Skype sometimes crashing at startup on Windows 8 (considering Windows 8 won’t be officially released for up to 12 months it is good of Skype’s developers to bother with it!).
- Removed Google product bundling – previously, Google products were included as an ‘option’ during Skype’s installation. Now that Microsoft own Skype it’s not surprising they are removing such free advertizing for their competitor. And it clears the way for Microsoft to start bundling their own products in Skype – perhaps in future they’ll include Bing as an optional ‘feature’? Shiver…
- Added attribution of used third party software – now acknowledges third party software used in Skype which is only fair.
Getting the latest version 184.108.40.206 is easier said than done. Skype’s downloads are weirdly different depending on where you get them from. If you already have Skype 5.5 and check for updates you may receive an upgrade to 220.127.116.11, not 5.6. Likewise, if you download the full offline installer version of Skype from http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-full (which is the link we usually give) you again get the older 18.104.22.168, not 5.6
The standard online web installer at http://www.skype.com/go/getskype only provides 22.214.171.124 too…
The only place we found on Skype’s website to download the new Skype 5.6 update is http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-full-56 – click this link to download the full offline installer version of 126.96.36.199 then close Skype and install this version to upgrade your existing Skype to the new 188.8.131.52
Why are Skype offering different versions to different people?
According to Skype Support it is to ‘compare user behavior’. Presumably they want to see how people react to each version (like the champion/challenger modelling used in financial scoring systems) but this is odd – usually this sort of consumer testing would have been done long ago at beta testing stage, not after both versions have been released live…
Upgrade To Skype 5.6 or Stick With 5.5?
Here’s a reminder of the new features that were added in Skype 5.6
- Screen sharing improvements
- New ‘getting started’ experience
- Small changes to the call controls
- The ‘Call Phones’ button has been moved
- Updated ‘Click to Call’ browser plugins
- In call advertising
- ‘Skype Home’ UI improvements in compact mode
For now, you can just upgrade to 184.108.40.206 if you like but it is likely that 5.6 will take over in the near future.