Sunday, October 12, 2014

Skype Portable, instant messaging, video chat and phone calls
The new version adds not only a fresh look, but also faster performance, easier group chatting, and better notification control. There's really no single communication service that offers everything Skype does. —Michael Muchmore, PCMag.com, June 23, 2013.
A great messenger for voice and video calls. —Iwillneverstop (a user), SnapFiles.com, Dec 26, 2012.
Honestly if I could I would give 0 stars. If Skype needs to start charging, I think they should. I'd rather pay an annual fee than to be exposed to this kind of ''video calls''. I can't even say 2 sentences before it disconnects. —Franklin of Tallahassee, FL on Oct. 4, 2014, ConsumerAffairs.com.
Skype keeps the world talking. Call, message and share whatever you want for free.

SkypePortable_8.43.0.56.paf
Size: 192 MB (201,789,440 bytes) Packed Size: 61.5 MB (64,573,440 bytes)
MD5: ABC440B03D6DFF1FC39FF656565AC8E7


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Skype portable  Skype — Legacy Release

SkypePortable_7.41.0.101.paf
Size: 128 MB (134,533,120 bytes) Packed Size: 71.9 MB (75,395,072 bytes)
MD5: 0A6DED5DC6E02514D621356B4E9D876B

Skype for Windows XP  Windows XP — Legacy Release

SkypePortable_7.23.32.105.paf
Size: 114 MB (119,992,320 bytes) Packed Size: 46.2 MB (48,447,488 bytes)
MD5: 03F1812A59713CA9989F8CF78CC74040

Release Details

Developer: Microsoft & thumbapps.org
System Requirements: Windows XP (SP3) or newer. Note: Skype (version 8) on Windows Desktop requires: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 (Update 1507, or 1511)
App License: Freeware (Personal and business use)
Source: Included in the package (.ini, .nsh files)
HoloLens plugin in version older than 8
  • We include the HoloLens plugin—FAQ about using Skype for HoloLens—that's why the size is bigger.
  • We don't have HoloLens, so if you have one, please tell us about it via versapps[at]gmail.com or social links at the top menu. If it's not working, we'll remove it from our next releases. Thanks for your feedbacks :)

DIY/Do It Yourself: Upgrade to the Latest Release

Requirements 7-Zip, NPP/Notepad++ or other text editor, PortableApps.com Launcher Generator/PAL, PortableApps.com Installer/PAI.

  1. Get the latest portable app. template, and extract the content with 7-Zip.
  2. Get the latest Skype release.
  3. Put the installer in the same folder as the extracted template, in our example C:\0TEST, then extract the installer by following this guide.
  4. Move the extracted {app} folder to C:\0TEST\SkypePortable\App folder then rename it to Skype Move and rename extracted folder...
  5. Browse to SkypePortable\App\AppInfo and open appinfo.ini file with NPP. Replace the [Version] section with the latest version number. Make sure the PackageVersion entry is in 4 place digit, eg. 8.42.0.60,
     [Version]
     PackageVersion=8.42.0.60
     DisplayVersion=8.42.0.60
    
  6. Run PAL, paste the template folder address C:\0TEST\SkypePortable, and click Go—a new launcher will be created, Create new launcher
  7. Test the new launchers by following this guide.
  8. When all is OK, then delete the SkypePortable\Data folder and run PAI, paste the package folder address C:\0TEST\SkypePortable, and click Go—to create the installer package. Create installer
  9. Use the installer package to upgrade your portable application. Don't forget to at least backup your Data folder before any upgrade :)
  10. If you find any changes that's not handled by the launcher, consult the PAL help file to modify the launcher yourself or ask for our paid upgrade support.
Quick and Dirty Update
  1. Make sure you exit Skype portable cleanly—check that no PortableApps.comLauncherRuntimeData-SkypePortable.ini file in the Data folder.
  2. Delete your current App\Skype folder.
  3. Follow step 2-4 of the "DIY/Do It Yourself: Upgrade to the Latest Release" above.
  4. Done.

Portability Notes

  • Skype 8 or newer writes non essential data to Windows registry and stores its data in Windows data folders.
  • Skype 7 or older writes non essential data to Windows registry and data folders while running.
  • Make sure it exits cleanly before plugging out your thumbdrive.

Release History

8.43.0.56: Now this Electron-based Skype can save its session settings.

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