Newest Skype features take your privacy to the next level

Claudiu Andone
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  • Microsoft announced the new Skype 8.62 version for Windows 10, but also for Android and iOS and it comes with a couple of nice new features.
  • You can now choose your fake background in video calls or even upload your own. 
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Newest Skype features help protect your privacy

Microsoft announced the new Skype 8.62 version for Windows 10, but also for Android and iOS and it comes with a couple of nice new features and the first is focused on privacy.

Unfortunately, right after it was released, it also got some reports about problematic bugs.

Skype 8.62 helps you protect your privacy

There are two major new features in Skype 8.62 and the first is that you can now choose your fake background in video calls or even upload your own.

That is a feature for Skype 8.62 for Windows 10 meant probably for fixing any possible mishaps with people exposing their private environment to their peers.

Of course, it can also be a good way to disguise your whereabouts when you’re in odd situations.

The other important feature in Skype 8.62 for Windows 10 is that you can now see up to 12 people in the new grid view.

The Skype team also said that they improved message sync when some conversations weren’t updating and made some general improvements.

Users already reported some new bugs with Skype 8.62

Some users commented on the very release notes blog post about some of the new encountered bugs in Skype 8.62:

The Launch Skype in the background option is broken. No matter what the settings are, Skype always starts with visible window.

The control bar at the bottom of the call screen is now black and stays permanently on the screen. In all the previous versions this control bar was transparent and disappeared if the mouse was no longer moving. The behaviour is, however still correct in the Skype for Web version, even though the version number is 8.62.0.83 too.

The behaviour of the Call Layout option is random. On some calls the option to switch between Window and Float mode is available, on other calls, the only available option is Switch to full screen.

Microsoft didn’t comment on this issue yet.

If you’re a Skype user, let us know if you’ve had any problems with the new version in the Comments section below.