Skype 8.62 Arrives

Posted on July 16, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Skype with 13 Comments

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Skype 8.62 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Web brings custom backgrounds, up to 12 people in video calls, and other new features.

Here’s what’s new:

Custom backgrounds. You can now choose from predefined backgrounds for video calls or upload your own. You can learn more here.

12 people in video calls. You can now see up to twelve people in the new grid view during video calls. You can learn more here.

Bug fixes and stability improvements. Microsoft says it has improved message sync when some conversations weren’t updating, as well as made a few general improvements.

In addition to Skype for desktop and web, Microsoft also updated Skype on mobile to version 8.62, adding support for more people in video calls. Those on a smartphone can now see up to 8 people at once, while those on a tablet can see up to nine.

And since I know this is always frustrating, you may not see the new Skype quite yet: Microsoft says that it is rolling out the new features “gradually over the next couple of days.”

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Comments (13)

13 responses to “Skype 8.62 Arrives”

  1. bluvg

    Cue the "who still uses Skype?!" chorus. I do. WhatsApp, Messenger, LINE, Viber--those all suck, frankly. Emoji in particular are FAR better in Skype... they actually express emotion--the whole point of emo-ji, which can be critical to convey meaning absent body language in chat--instead of the vague, unclear, and many pointless ones in every other app (aside from Yahoo Messenger, RIP). The others are mobile-first with a desktop client as an afterthought, or even requiring the mobile client as a dependency.

    • parheric

      In reply to bluvg:

      Of all the things that people are looking for in a chat/comms app, Emoji's are the defining factor??

      I like Skype, still use it, and I'm sad that it's gone the way it has especially since with it's subscriptions you can call international numbers with a M365 sub.

      But if Skype really wanted to retain the market, I fail to see how investing in Emoji's was a better choice than say call controls (e.g. mute participants ect).

      The way they've been able to quickly respond to Zooms popularity (e.g. multiple videos, free conf calls ect) shows how little they've been doing over the years.

      Am hoping the consumer Teams version does better...

  2. javial

    Skype has nothing to do with 8.x versions. Microsoft lost Skype when abandon Skype Classic, the last useable and decent version.

  3. winner

    Microsoft owned smartphones. Apple ate their lunch.

    Microsoft owned video chats. Google and Zoom have eaten their lunch.

    Perhaps the Microsoft problem is lack of vision or innovation.

  4. glenn8878

    12 people in a grid is lame. Schools use Zoom for lots more students. What if you have dual screen monitors? You can fit 40 to 60 students on 2 screens.

  5. blue77star

    Is this UWP app or desktop app I have to download?

  6. dftf

    Any news yet on when this version of Skype (the "desktop client") will drop Windows 7 support?