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Skype 6.0 was officially released on 24th of October. Below we will be talking only about the Windows version.

First let me just say that you can download it directly from the blue button to the right, where it says Download Skype 6.0.

The first change we notice is during the installation process. We see two checkboxes, which are checked by default. If we leave them this way they will change our search engine to bing.com and our homepage to msn.com. Well, now the fact that Microsoft owns Skype is definitely more visible than before.

Skype 6 suggests we start using Bing.com and MSN.com

From all the changes, this is the only one I don’t like. I have always seen this as some kind of trick. At least the checkboxes should not be checked by default. Novice users will always leave things how they are if they do not understand them. In this case they will be tricked in doing something they don’t want.

I like the other changes thought. Less clutter in the interface, alternative ways of signing in and so on. All good things. See the changes below. You can also leave a comment after the article and share your opinion about Skype 6.

What is new in Skype 6.0?

  • An option, suggested to us during the installation process, which let us change our search engine to Bing.com and our homepage to Msn.com. [Picture]
  • An option to sign in with a Facebook or a Microsoft account. [Picture]
  • The ability to send chat messages to your friends on Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com.
  • The ability to make calls from Skype to Windows Live Messenger will soon be added as well.
  • Support for the following 6 new languages: Thai, Croatian, Slovenian, Serbian, Catalan and Slovak.
  • Small changes to the user interface, which include: removed logged in users count, redesign to an area in the chat window, redesign to the SMS area etc. [Picture]
  • You can now see your previously used profile pictures and easily switch back to them. [Picture]
  • An option to help improve Skype by sending error and performance reports. [Picture]
  • Added on 20.11.2012: I uploaded a newer version (6.0.60.126), which has some minor improvements and also allows Windows Live Messenger users to upgrade to Skype.
  • Added on 27.11.2012: I just want to add something about the button that is used to send an instant message – it is not actually removed. If we make the window bigger it appears once again to the right.
  • Added on 22.01.2013: Another change is the removal of the option to choose the function of the Enter key in chat. Up to 5.10 we were able to make the Enter key either send the message or go to a new line. This was in the menu Tools -> Options -> IM & SMS -> Show advanced options, but now it is gone. (Thanks to Sahs and Germ for letting me know about this in the comments).

Screenshots of Skype 6.0

Skype 6 suggests we start using Bing.com and MSN.com

Skype 6 suggests we start using Bing.com and MSN.com

Alternative sign-in options

Alternative sign-in options

Chat window in Skype 6

Chat window in Skype 6

Ability to switch to an old profile picture

Ability to switch to an old profile picture

Opt-in to send error and performance reports

Opt-in to send error and performance reports

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20 responses on this post

  1.  
    Salman says:
    #1

    i need to register my name and password

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #2

    @Salman
    Hi. You can see how to create an account in here: http://en.chat4o.com/skype-account/

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  3.  
    Sahs says:
    #3

    What is new in Skype 6.0?

    You miss that the version has off ctr+enter ability for send message and enter for line break.
    I stay in skype 5.10 and updates off for me now.

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  4.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #4

    A newer version was added today.

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #5

    @Sahs
    Hi. I think you are mistaken. It is the other way around. You can send with enter and you can go to a new line with ctrl+enter :).
    Thanks for the comment though :).

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  6.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #6

    Hi guys :). I found out something about the Send button in the chat area. It actually appears if we make the Skype window bigger. I added it to the post.

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  7.  
    sam says:
    #7

    Ever since I got the update, skype isn’t connecting anymore… Could it be because of the update or something else? My internet connection is fine.

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #8

    @Sam
    Hi. Could be some kind of error between the old application files and the new version. Please do the following: Quit Skype and open Windows Explorer and type in the address bar %appdata%\skype and hit Enter. There delete the two files named shared (new ones will be made automatically). Try again. If this does not work quit Skype and open Windows Explorer and type in the address bar %appdata% and hit Enter. Now rename the Skype folder to Skype1 (new one will be created when you log in). Try again to go into Skype. This last action will also delete all your history and settings.
    Let me know if that helped. If not – let me know the exact error message.
    Regards.

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  9.  
    sam says:
    #9

    I got my skype back.. I deleted it and downloaded it again from your website and now its working again :D
    (I didn’t see your message till now ._. ..but if skype stops working again ..I’ll try doing what you told me)
    Thanks so much.

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  10.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #10

    @Sam
    Cool. I am glad the problem is solved :).

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  11.  
    Jackie says:
    #11

    any hidden emoticon?

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  12.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #12

    @Jackie
    Hi. If yo mean new ones, I haven’t heard about ones.

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  13.  
    Germ says:
    #13

    Quote from Sahs
    Hi. I think you are mistaken. It is the other way around. You can send with enter and you can go to a new line with ctrl+enter :).
    Thanks for the comment though :)

    You have misunderstand his expression. What he want to say and what is well discussed in forums ist the CHANGE to the behavior of ENTER and SHIFT+Enter that takes place after the security issues in Oct 2012.

    In almost every chat system, from day one it was a standard regardless what chat system u are familiar with, that ENTER will take you to a new line whereas SHIFT+ENTER was made to send your message.

    In 5.x Version you can still go to options and change this behavior. But with old versions installed you get also severe security probs … as by now, Skype team is aware of that [word removed by admin] situation since Oct 2012 but has done nothing. Dunno if they have good reasons for that …

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    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #14

    @Germ
    Hi.
    Oh, it is in the options. Now I see :). I didn’t know about this setting. I am writing down to check this and add it to the article. I will probably do that next week.
    Thank you for explaining this and thanks to Sahs for the info as well.
    You help me make the site better, which is always awesome.
    Regards.

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  15.  
    Dan Duru says:
    #15

    i need to be registered with skype but am finding it difficult

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  16.  
    Dan Duru says:
    #16

    thankss

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  17.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #17

    @Dan Duru
    Hi. See this for instructions: http://en.chat4o.com/skype-account/

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  18.  
    igor.andrushchyshyn says:
    #18

    Very good!!!

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  19.  
    ishtiaq says:
    #19

    hello
    i can,t sign in my acount in skype 6.0 or 6.06 it sayes it is outdate download latest version ,when i download latest version it showes fatal areer kernel.32.dll arror
    what should i do inform me plz

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  20.  
    Nikolay (Admin of Chat4o) says:
    #20

    Hi. Update windows to service pack 3.

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