Anuradha ShettyFeb 14, 2013 12:11:18 IST
Skype has rolled out an update across to its users on Windows and Mac, introducing a bunch of features.
Skype 6.2 for Mac
Skype 6.2 is now available for Mac users, and eGifting is one of the key features to have been introduced. Skype users can now send a gift of credit to the one they care about on their birthday. That person can use the credit to either call you, or anyone else, whenever they choose to. Also included in the latest update is the one-way SMS feature without verifying your mobile number. Mac users can now send one-way SMS without adding or verifying their mobile number.
eGifting introduced in this update
In addition to the two new features, Skype 6.2 for Mac comes with a host of bug fixes too. Skype now, does not hang when a user is signing out with Facebook account. Also, Messenger contacts will not show up in Skype contact group. Free users can now screen share quickly, once they click on the "Continue with free call" button is Premium Upshell window. Skype now also quits normally with the Audio/ Video preferences option open. Those doing file transfers will notice that the progress bar now disappears once they are done downloading multiple files, selectively, among some others.
Skype 6.2 for Windows
The updated Skype for Windows features a new toolbar. The redesigned top toolbar is such to bring together all the main actions to one place. Users now have quick access to Home, Calling Phones, Creating Groups and Adding Contacts - all above their contact list and recent conversations.
Features the redesigned top toolbar
Windows users too, get the eGifting option. In addition to that, users can now send IMs with Ctrl+Enter. Importantly, computers with Intel Pentium 3 or similar CPUs, which do not support SSE2 instructions, are not supported anymore.
This new update, too comes with a bunch of bug fixes. The issue of profile country setting not getting saved has been fixed. Additionally, users were unable to access some fields in the incoming contact requests. Those on multi-monitor setup found that adding a contact window was misplaced, among some others.
Skype recently updated its iOS app and with the update comes the ability to log in to Skype using your Microsoft accounts, thus giving iOS users the same ability that is available on the desktop client.
With the iOS update, the size of the Skype for iPad app is 25.2MB, and the size of the update for the iPhone is 24MB. With the update, the developers have announced that users can now chat with Messenger, Hotmail, and Outlook.com contacts as well as have the ability to sign in and merge with their Microsoft account. One now also has the ability to create a Skype account directly from the app itself, making it a simplified procedure if they are new to this VoIP service. Users can also tap and hold on instant messages to edit them, choose an emoticon while typing an instant message, animated emoticons for devices with a Retina display, edit saved phone numbers right from the dial pad. The iPhone version comes with support for the display of the iPhone 5.
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