Skype 7.10 for Mac released, fixes video call issues
Skype has released a new version of its VOIP application for Apple Mac OS X.
The latest update is Skype 7.10, and fixes a few issues that have been bugging users.
Back in June, Skype 7.9 for Mac update was released to fix the web link previews, which was originally introduced in v7.7. The earlier version only allowed users to send just the link to generate a web preview of the page, but now users can add text along with the link, allowing the recipient to know what the link is for.
Issues fixed in Skype 7.10 for Mac:
The latest version of the VOIP app, fixes a bug which caused the app to stutter, if the Skype window had been minimized during a video call. Another issue which annoyed users during video calls, was the spinner which appeared for no reason during the video conversation.
A third fix which the app brings is for the missing PSTN contacts from contact lists. In case you aren’t aware, PSTN refers to the Public Switched Telephone Network, used by the regular landline devices, hence nicknamed as the Plain Old Telephone Service.
Bugs in Skype 7.10 for Mac:
And as usual the latest Skype app comes with a known bug. And this time, it is a rather annoying one too. The typing indicator, which shows “your contact is typing…..” is apparently clipped at larger font sizes. So, you may be getting the message even if your contact is not actually typing.
Things only get worse, as this bug, has no workarounds whatsoever, and only comes with a consolation message “We are working on resolving the issue and hope to release a fix soon.”
If you are running Mac OS X 10.9 or above, you can update to Skype 7.10.
It is unclear whether Skype 7.10 for Mac fixes the hibernation issue which haunted the app in v7.8 and 7.9, which prevented the Skype app from sending audio and/or video. The change-log for v7.10 doesn’t mention this, so I think they may have fixed it.
Earlier this year, Skype was believed to be working on a desktop app for Windows 10, but Microsoft actually halted the process. No, the app wasn’t cancelled per se, instead all of the Redmond Company’s internal teams were asked to work on Windows 10, to help in fixing bugs and ensure that the operating system met the launch date on July 29th.
Now that Windows 10 has been released, we can expect that Microsoft will allow the Skype teams to get back to their job and hopefully we’ll see the new app in the coming months.