Skype 7.9 for Mac update released: brings better link previews and bug fixes
Skype 7.9 for Mac update has been released today.
The update brings brings better link previews and a few bug fixes as well.
Around two months ago, the Microsoft owned VOIP service announced the roll out of web link previews for the Skype for Mac app. When you are chatting with someone on Skype, and send a link to any webpage, Skype for Mac will display a thumbnail preview of the webpage to the recipient. This web link preview also works for images, animated GIFs and Videos.
Skype 7.8 for Mac, which was released a month ago, added the ability to send photos, files, contacts and video messages in just one click. The update also allowed users yo copy and paste, or drag an image, and send it to your contact.
Improved web link preview in Skype 7.9 for Mac:
However the version released in April, Skype 7.7 for Mac, had a small issue. The web link preview would not work if any other text was included in the message, besides the URL.
Skype 7.9 for Mac eradicates this. The app now has a new and smarter web link preview. Users will now be able to include text along with a link in the same page, and the web link preview will still work. This will be very useful to provide some context, rather than sending a link alone. Foe e.g: sharing a news article’s link along with its headline will make more sense.
Bugs fixed in Skype 7.9 for Mac:
The latest version of the Skype for Mac app, also fixes some major bugs. The previous version of the app occassionally caused URLs to disappear from the conversation, this has been fixed in the latest version.
The prior version also had an issue with displaying GIF images. The bug which prevented GIFs from loading has been squashed.
Mac Systems with a Force Touch trackpad were apparently affected by a bug in the Skype app, which caused the app to crash. This issue has also been corrected and Skype should run without issues.
Known issue in Skype for Mac:
Skype 7.9 for Mac has one known issue, as mentioned in the official announcement. And it is a rather annoying one. When a Mac device wakes up from Hibernation, it apparently prevents Skype from sending audio and/or video. It is unclear if all OSX versions are affected by this bug.
It is worth noting that this issue was present in Skype 7.8 for Mac too.
You need to have Mac OS X 10.9 or above to install and use the Skype 7.9 for Mac app.