Skype Insiders will see improved performance following an update to Electron 11

Skype on iOS
Skype on iOS (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Skype Insiders have updates rolling out across several platforms.
  • One update improves Skype by updating to Electron 11.
  • The update also includes a few fixes for Skype.

Microsoft is rolling out updates (opens in new tab) to Skype Insiders on several platforms. The latest Insider build brings Skype to version 8.69.76.49. It improves Skype clients powered by Electron by updating to Electron 11 and also adds some new features.

Electron 11 rolled out last November and includes several improvements. Most notably for Skype, the move to Electron 11 will improve overall performance.

Here's everything that's new and fixed in Skype version 8.69.76.49:

What's New? 

  • Introducing the last message avatar in a small circle over the group chat icon so you can easily see who wrote the last message. If you would like to turn it on/off, just go to the appearance settings.
  • Adding support for in-client Skype Number purchases on iOS. Currently available for US & UK Skype Numbers.
  • Updating to Electron 11 to improve the overall performance and fix some bugs caused previous Electron version.
  • Improved Skype for Windows startup performance
  • iOS 13 notifications improvements

What's fixed?

  • Issues with updating Skype on macOS Big Sur
  • Double badge count in the taskbar icon
  • Issues with buying Skype credit / subscription

In addition to the new features and improvements, the latest Insider build of Skype fixes some issues, including the annoying issue that caused double badge counts in the app's taskbar icon.

If you aren't already a Skype Insider but would like to be, Microsoft has a page (opens in new tab) with links to become an Insider on every supported platform.

Sean Endicott
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1 Comment
  • Not sure about this specific updated version but on my laptop, it says they're is an update and asks me to restart to finish installing. If I click on it, it closes and nothing happens. If I start it back, I am at same version with the same notification. I am not going to install the newer version manually.