New Skype 5.5 and 5.6 removes Google product offers

With Skype now a new and seemingly happy family member of Microsoft, the Internet phone service wasted no time in releasing a new update for the Windows version of its software. As announced on Skype's official blog, Skype has released new updates for both the 5.5 and 5.6 versions for Windows. The big change is that the software no longer offers any third party tools or offers from one of Microsoft's biggest rivals Google, namely Google's popular web browser tool bar. It's certainly understandable that Microsoft doesn't want to offer any of Google's products in its newly acquired software.

In addition to the removal of Google's software bundle, the new version of Skype fixes a couple of minor bugs, including fixing a memory leak in Skype's Firefox plugin and fixing an issue that was causing Skype to crash while running the developer's preview version of Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system.

While Microsoft may be the new owners of Skype, for a tidy price of $8.5 billion, the company has already pledged to develop and add new features to the software for other operating systems and platforms, including the Mac OS, iOS 5 and Google's Android operating system. Microsoft will also likely bundle Skype in many of its current and upcoming projects including its Xbox 360 console and its Windows Phone mobile operating system. Skype will also most certainly be developed to work on more hardware devices such as phone headsets and more.

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DKAngel said,
rofl ijust had a look 12.5meg its using on idle WOW oh so much meh u can have more i have 8gig

136,6MB on idle (no thrid-party extensions or anything else).

xpclient said,
Next major version: Expect an interface change and some enforced requirement like Windows 7 required minimum.

Same thing I was going to say. Skype 6 will be a complete change since it will be basically developed by Microsoft.

Oh about time, I swear it's half the reason why Chrome userbase has gone up so much - every auto-update of Skype would want to install Chrome etc, I guess people just press "ok". Maybe they'll have it reset defaults back to ie9 and Bing, ah ha.

lflashl said,
10$ bet that Skype get blended into MSN messenger! i cant stand MSN messenger!!!

I can't stand skype! Bad design video call + chatbox. Messenger is much better and doesn't use my computer as a node/server.
KomaWeiss said,

Yay for bloat. ;D


I guess you're not using the windows version. Skype is more bloated than messenger.

Edited by MerChan, Oct 15 2011, 12:39am :

lflashl said,
10$ bet that Skype get blended into MSN messenger! i cant stand MSN messenger!!!


It won't get blended into MSN messenger, thats a long time dead product. Maybe it'll be intergrated into Windows Live Messenger at some point.... but why hate? you'll still be able to get the standard skype only software but you'll then have the option of calling all your Messenger contacts too. How can that be a bad thing?

The more users on the skype network the better I'd have thought... seems a bit strange you'd want to limit the amount of people you can talk to..

...the company has already pledged to develop and and new features...

And...what's the missing word between the double ands above?

Does anyone know about another app that can use the Skype-protocol too...? I'm still on a very old version, because of the changed UI.

Tpiom said,
Does anyone know about another app that can use the Skype-protocol too...? I'm still on a very old version, because of the changed UI.

Why don't you like the new UI?

McoreD said,
I am Google products fan but not a fan of bundling so thank you Microsoft!

Yeah, I hate bundling too. I hope nothing replaces it...

It still takes up 140MB of RAM when idle, which is more than any other startup application on my system. And clicking 'Quit' from the jump menu, or in-app, has no effect. Obviously modern systems have more than enough resources for that but it smacks of inefficient programming.

However, I'm at least optimistic that Microsoft will be able to turn it around and I would be very interested to see it designed for Metro and shipped with Windows 8. If they tied it into Live accounts, which are used for logging into Win8 anyway, then you suddenly have a HUGE number of people with the ability to voice chat out of the box.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It still takes up 140MB of RAM when idle, which is more than any other startup application on my system. And clicking 'Quit' from the jump menu, or in-app, has no effect. Obviously modern systems have more than enough resources for that but it smacks of inefficient programming.

However, I'm at least optimistic that Microsoft will be able to turn it around and I would be very interested to see it designed for Metro and shipped with Windows 8. If they tied it into Live accounts, which are used for logging into Win8 anyway, then you suddenly have a HUGE number of people with the ability to voice chat out of the box.

Wow, I didn't notice how much memory it uses. It's idling at 90MB for me. I have mine in compact view.

I can't wait to see what Microsoft does with it. I too hope they incorporate it into Windows Live, Windows and Windows Phone.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It still takes up 140MB of RAM when idle, which is more than any other startup application on my system. And clicking 'Quit' from the jump menu, or in-app, has no effect. Obviously modern systems have more than enough resources for that but it smacks of inefficient programming.

However, I'm at least optimistic that Microsoft will be able to turn it around and I would be very interested to see it designed for Metro and shipped with Windows 8. If they tied it into Live accounts, which are used for logging into Win8 anyway, then you suddenly have a HUGE number of people with the ability to voice chat out of the box.

Takes 57MB here, I use compact view as well. I dont minimize it, its seating here whole day.
I use it mostly for chat, and i am in a fairly active chat group with plenty of logs.

theyarecomingforyou said,
It still takes up 140MB of RAM when idle, which is more than any other startup application on my system. And clicking 'Quit' from the jump menu, or in-app, has no effect. Obviously modern systems have more than enough resources for that but it smacks of inefficient programming.

However, I'm at least optimistic that Microsoft will be able to turn it around and I would be very interested to see it designed for Metro and shipped with Windows 8. If they tied it into Live accounts, which are used for logging into Win8 anyway, then you suddenly have a HUGE number of people with the ability to voice chat out of the box.

WTF are you guys running, mine sitting at 30MB! do you have addons enabled? what about facebook installed onto it? i have removed all addons (like link call) and dont have facebook running on it

lflashl said,
WTF are you guys running, mine sitting at 30MB! do you have addons enabled? what about facebook installed onto it? i have removed all addons (like link call) and dont have facebook running on it

No addons, custom settings or anything unusual going on - I only did a clean install of Windows 7 x64 about a month ago. That's how much RAM it uses on default settings, with the view set to Default or Compact. It has 68 open threads on the processor as well, putting it above any other application running.

I also notice than when I go to shut-down my system it is often one of the programs holding things up. Perhaps it's the Facebook messaging that's the issue - do other people use that as well?

theyarecomingforyou said,
It still takes up 140MB of RAM when idle, which is more than any other startup application on my system. And clicking 'Quit' from the jump menu, or in-app, has no effect. Obviously modern systems have more than enough resources for that but it smacks of inefficient programming.

However, I'm at least optimistic that Microsoft will be able to turn it around and I would be very interested to see it designed for Metro and shipped with Windows 8. If they tied it into Live accounts, which are used for logging into Win8 anyway, then you suddenly have a HUGE number of people with the ability to voice chat out of the box.

Ok, in addition to what everyone is saying to summarize:

Skype does use a bit of resources, but a newer version with some Microsoft intervention will get better.

The amount of RAM and threads in use have several factors:

1) On Windows 7, the RAM consumed will show and be different than on XP or other versions of Windows. On XP, minimizing an Application would compact the RAM usage, paging out RAM that Windows 7 won't do immediately. Windows 7 keeps RAM active based on other criteria, but still will compact/page it out as needed later on. If you have even 2-4gb of RAM, this probably won't happen, as you hardly ever have enough running to consume everything to have the lower Applications be compacted/paged.

2) If you have the facebook integration running, it is going to consume more of RAM and threads.

3) If you haven't re-installed and removed the Google tie in crap, it will have more RAM and threads in use as well. (Skype even without the Google promotion software installed, still has a few components that hook into Google - as Google was helping Skype and in return per their agreement was also able to monitor your Skype usage and conversations.)


Recommendations... Reinstall the latest version without the Google crap, and unistall your current version and anything Google Toolbar, etc first.

Don't use the facebook integration, if you want to use it with Facebook, do it with the Web control/plugin through Facebook, and not the Skype application itself, this way it is not always running.

Wait for Microsoft to integrate Messenger and communication server technologies into Skype that are more efficient and lighter.

The Microsoft update version is already helping out on resources.

Prior to the Microsoft thing, I avoided Skype except for friends that wouldn't use Windows Messenger or another technology. (Windows Messenger can do HD video and audio at longer distances with far better quality, less latency, etc. - which will be good for this to get added to Skype too.)

Microsoft bought Skype for their market penetration, and contracts that Microsoft was unable to get. For example, Verizon and Skype work together, but Verizon wouldn't make any deal with Microsoft, because they were part of the 'we hate Microsoft' crowd for on and off over the years. There are tons of Telcos agreements as well that Microsoft could never get due to the monopoly ruling issues that finally ran out and the disdain that was big in the past 10 years years after the ruling.

Buying Skype wasn't about technology, it was about access for Microsoft and an integration. Microsoft has been involved in VoIP and provided a lot of the ideas that are used in Skype and other technologies.

theyarecomingforyou said,

No addons, custom settings or anything unusual going on - I only did a clean install of Windows 7 x64 about a month ago. That's how much RAM it uses on default settings, with the view set to Default or Compact. It has 68 open threads on the processor as well, putting it above any other application running.

I also notice than when I go to shut-down my system it is often one of the programs holding things up. Perhaps it's the Facebook messaging that's the issue - do other people use that as well?

68 open thread? Are you talking about running processes? If so, that alone is nuts!! I have 32 on Windows 7 Home Premium, right now.

I wonder how much of their own crap they will start bundling into it now though? Glad to see Googles paws out of it though.

cork1958 said,
68 open thread? Are you talking about running processes? If so, that alone is nuts!! I have 32 on Windows 7 Home Premium, right now.

Yeah, as shown in Resource Monitor under the CPU > Processes section.

@ thenetavenger - I've already installed the new version that removes Google - it hasn't made any difference, though realistically that's to be expected. I don't have any toolbars installed. The amount of RAM it uses isn't a problem. It just seems very inefficient.

theyarecomingforyou said,

Yeah, as shown in Resource Monitor under the CPU > Processes section.

@ thenetavenger - I've already installed the new version that removes Google - it hasn't made any difference, though realistically that's to be expected. I don't have any toolbars installed. The amount of RAM it uses isn't a problem. It just seems very inefficient.

Why does the ram usage matter much anymore? We get ram complaints so much these days you would think the standard amount of ram was still 256MB.

how can you be sure Skype is inefficient? It is basically a P2P chat and video conferencing app. So it will use more ram to process other users data as well as your own...

Frazell Thomas said,
Why does the ram usage matter much anymore? [...]
how can you be sure Skype is inefficient?

Well, it's up to 180MB of RAM without me using the application (I left my computer on overnight). That strikes me as inefficient. Again, it's not about resources - it just seems like a lot of RAM for an idle app. Steam has voice chat built-in, yet takes about 22MB of RAM idling. Screenshot: http://goo.gl/x8HRn

theyarecomingforyou said,

Well, it's up to 180MB of RAM without me using the application (I left my computer on overnight). That strikes me as inefficient. Again, it's not about resources - it just seems like a lot of RAM for an idle app. Steam has voice chat built-in, yet takes about 22MB of RAM idling. Screenshot: http://goo.gl/x8HRn

Skype is P2P so it is never "idle"

day2die said,
Good. Who needs Google Toolbar?

That's not the right question! The question should be: "Who needs any toolbar?"

bastones said,
What about Linux? Does anyone know if Microsoft will continue developing its Linux version?

Yes. I remember they said they wont discontinue any skype version.

bastones said,
What about Linux? Does anyone know if Microsoft will continue developing its Linux version?

Microsoft paid $8.5billion for skype. The software and infrastructure is one thing, and in reality they could have made their own versions - however the price they really paid is for the vast amount of users skype has across multiple platforms.

This makes skype intergration into its own mobile really really good as it gives them a bulk of users from the get go, and if they include the technology into messenger, and the xbox then they have all skype platforms (be it linux, mac osx, ios, android, or even some dumb phones, and ofc windows) as well as its mobile sector, thats a large number of users to play with.

Cutting linux, mac osx, iso or android etc's support would kill off one of the best parts of why skype works so well.

simrat said,

Yes. I remember they said they won't discontinue any Skype version.
That doesn't mean they will keep updating them. Nevermind the Linux app that hasn't been updated in ages... what about the Android version? I'm pretty sure that, save for a few bugfixes (and i'm rather doubtful about this too), the droid version shipping now is the last one they will do. Call it a hunch.