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.
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 (126.96.36.199), 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).