Skype Updates Now Also Available via Windows Update

This makes a heck of a lot of sense; I’m surprised that it took so long to implement …

Can you believe that more than a year has passed since Microsoft acquired Skype back in 2011? In that time, Microsoft managed to get Facebook to integrate the video chat functionality on the most popular social networking site and a version of Skype for the company’s own mobile phone operating system Windows Phone.  But Skype is not only available on Windows Phone, but also for other phone operating system and as a Skype app for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system. Further integration of Skype will come to Microsoft Office and the popular Xbox gaming system of the company.

With Skype 5.10 comes another change for Windows users of the communications software. Users up until now could use the built-in update functionality to check for and install updates, or download the latest version of the Skype software from the official website or a third party download site to install the update manually on the system.

skype check for updates

With the Skype update to version 5.10 released on August 14, 2012 comes a change that makes available Skype updates via Microsoft’s own Windows Update service for Windows versions of Skype. The update is not available for Windows 8 yet, most likely because it has not been released as a final version yet.

Windows 7 users on the other hand who are not running the latest version of Skype on their system will receive updates for the software via Windows Updates

Improvements of Skype 5.10 for Windows:

  • Select and pin your favorite contacts
  • Facebook and Skype contacts combined into one Contacts list
  • Easier to understand premium subscription notices
  • Possibility to control Skype video rendering technology for backward compatibility for people who have trouble with video calls

If you prefer to download Skype manually, or run a non-Windows operating system, you find the latest version of the software as a download at the official Skype website.

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