Skype 8.62 is out with custom call backgrounds, new grid view, and more

After a month of testing, a bunch of new Skype features land in the stable version of the app. The new release, Skype 8.62, adds cool things like call background presets, a bigger  participant grid on Desktop and mobile, and message sync improvements.

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As you may remember, some time ago Microsoft had switched to Electron for Skype. Skype 8.62 is also based on Electron, thought the transition from UWP to Electron was not smooth.

The new version comes the following changes.

Improved calling experience

Skype on Desktop now allows using one of the predefined backgrounds for calls, and also allows uploading your custom backgrounds.

The updated grid view allows seeing up to 12 participants during the call session on Desktop, and up to 9 people on the mobile.

Other fixes and improvements

Microsoft has improved message sync when some conversations weren't updating, as well as made a few general improvements.

The new version is available on Windows, Android, Mac, Linux, and Web.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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