Skype updates now available through Windows Update

We all know Microsoft bought Skype a while back for the large sum of $8.5 billion, and since then Microsoft has been working to integrate the video chat software into a number of its products such as Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. Now, more products of the partnership between Skype and Microsoft have been revealed, with updates for Skype now available for download through Windows Update.

KB2727727 details Skype 5.10 for Windows Update, supposedly released on August 14th and published as an update on August 23rd. According to Microsoft, the update includes new options to voice/video call Facebook friends, a new contact list that makes finding Facebook friends more easy, and the ability to tag friends as favorites.

Skype now joins a very exclusive set of applications that update through Windows Update, with essentially all other items being core Windows features and Microsoft products like Microsoft Security Essentials. We can't wait to see more of what both groups have up their sleeves for the Microsoft-Skype partnership.

Thanks for the tip, LordPika!

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I wish I had seen this article BEFORE I used Windows Update. I thought Microsoft had hacked my computer. I have Skype's server blacklisted by my firewall to prevent it from downgrading my Skype. By the way,mandatory update always equals downgrade with no exceptions. Why? Because, if people wanted it, it wouldn't be mandatory.

Now that I know this, how do I stop Skype from showing up in my Windows Update list? And now I reciprocate. I'll give you the IP to blacklist to keep Skype from calling home: 204.9.163.158. Now you can use your favourite version of Skype without Microsoft trying to immorally force you to use a different version.

testman said,
It has always been optional.

But it's likely WU does a silent install (it's hard to imagine that the user would see the Setup wizard), so is the browser add-on installed or not?

Is it now pushing that version of skype that MS was supposed to push something on it that I think there was an article on a while back?

I can't see how Skype is an "important" update. And it now will take over port 80 as soon as it's not in use, making it impossible to start IIS without ending the skype.exe process.

SpyderCanopus said,
I can't see how Skype is an "important" update. And it now will take over port 80 as soon as it's not in use, making it impossible to start IIS without ending the skype.exe process.

Important enough. A lot of users use it, and a lot of these people have really outdated of Skype and everything else, in fact. Perfect for attacks trying to steal information.
Even I still have 4.2, because I can't stand Home screen and Facecrack, among other things, although I use it very rarely.
Also running IIS... well, had to change bindings, yes. Can't do much about it.

SpyderCanopus said,
... And it now will take over port 80 as soon as it's not in use, making it impossible to start IIS without ending the skype.exe process.

But if you do quit the program (by right click on the icon in notification area, and choose exit), is it OK, or there are other processes running in the background?

SpyderCanopus said,
I can't see how Skype is an "important" update. And it now will take over port 80 as soon as it's not in use, making it impossible to start IIS without ending the skype.exe process.
Quit the program then. It's simple - right-click icon in system tray - Quit Skype, answer prompt.

testman said,
Quit the program then. It's simple - right-click icon in system tray - Quit Skype, answer prompt.

Or just disable port 80/443 in the settings. Takes two seconds.

Max Norris said,

Or just disable port 80/443 in the settings. Takes two seconds.

explain? how do you disable 80/443 in Skype settings?

sava700 said,
explain? how do you disable 80/443 in Skype settings?

Tools->Options->Advanced->Connection. Turn off the option called "Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections." Done. Now the ports can be used by other services again.

Hello,

I use the following two direct¹ download links for Skype:

http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-full - downloads .EXE file
http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-msi - downloads .MSI package

And they seemed to download version 5.10.0.116 (EXE) and 5.10.32.116 (MSI), respectively., which were released in mid-July. The two different build numbers are normal for Skype's EXE and MSI packages,as far as I know.

I am not prompted to download any updates via Windows Update, and (re)installing the MSI package and doing an update check reports I have the latest version.

My conclusion is that Microsoft is just pushing out the five-week old update as part of its non-critical, non-security updates that sometimes get released at the end of each month.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky
¹Well, they are static links that redirect to the latest version.

goretsky said,
Hello,

I use the following two direct¹ download links for Skype:

http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-full - downloads .EXE file
http://www.skype.com/go/getskype-msi - downloads .MSI package

And they seemed to download version 5.10.0.116 (EXE) and 5.10.32.116 (MSI), respectively., which were released in mid-July. The two different build numbers are normal for Skype's EXE and MSI packages,as far as I know.

I am not prompted to download any updates via Windows Update, and (re)installing the MSI package and doing an update check reports I have the latest version.

My conclusion is that Microsoft is just pushing out the five-week old update as part of its non-critical, non-security updates that sometimes get released at the end of each month.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky
¹Well, they are static links that redirect to the latest version.


That's exactly what they're doing. 5.10.0.116 is the latest version. If your Skype installation is earlier than this, Windows Update will prompt you to update.

For those of you not seeing it in Windows 8 RTM, is this possibly because you recently installed Skype (i.e., since Windows 8 hit RTM)? I'm only asking because I don't see the update either and I'm pretty sure it's because I installed the latest version of Skype that was available after installing the OS.

sorry, but why is this news? it makes sense to me - Microsoft is using the service they use to update their products to upgrade their products. O:

Matthew_Thepc said,
sorry, but why is this news? it makes sense to me - Microsoft is using the service they use to update their products to upgrade their products. O:

You don't know why this is news? Because it is the first time Skype has been updated using Windows Update. It is close to being the only software outside of the original Microsoft family to be updated on Windows Update.

ccoltmanm said,

It is close to being the only software outside of the original Microsoft family to be updated on Windows Update.

well, that makes more sense
but (now, don't get mad at me for saying this), IMO this would've worked better in the back page news forum instead of front-page news. it's interesting if you follow that kind of thing, but it's not like it's anything unexpected.

Matthew_Thepc said,

well, that makes more sense
but (now, don't get mad at me for saying this), IMO this would've worked better in the back page news forum instead of front-page news. it's interesting if you follow that kind of thing, but it's not like it's anything unexpected.

Well it makes more sense than announcing new Windows 8 build numbers...

Also, it makes sense; Microsoft Update - a superset of Windows Update that goes back to Windows XP's Service Pack 2 - updates Windows, MSE, Office, and several other Microsoft products (including Office, Visual Studio, and several hardware drivers - both from Microsoft and others; Logitech's peripheral drivers are supported by MU, as are WHQL driver updates from AMD and NVidia -- albeit later than either)

PGHammer said,
as are WHQL driver updates from AMD and NVidia -- albeit later than either)

You're still better off getting these drivers from AMD/nVidia. The ones on microsoft site are still pretty much generic. Especially bad with opengl support :<

I see it on my Windows 7 installation. Cool. Wonder if i can uninstall Skype and Windows Update will ask if i want to install it again?

ccoltmanm said,
I see it on my Windows 7 installation. Cool. Wonder if i can uninstall Skype and Windows Update will ask if i want to install it again?
And if you don't like it then Hide the update :-)

devBrian said,
I'm not seeing it. Maybe it's a Windows 7 only thing? I'm using 8 RTM

It's definitely showing up on Windows 7. I've updated a couple of computers for my clients at work and it's shown up there. A check for updates might fix that.

DragonKid said,

It's definitely showing up on Windows 7. I've updated a couple of computers for my clients at work and it's shown up there. A check for updates might fix that.

I suppose it won't be on Windows 8's update list as it's not official release yet.