Skype Portable (chat and voice calling) Released by

John T. Haller's picture
Submitted by John T. Haller on August 9, 2011 - 10:02am

logoSkype Portable has been released. Skype lets you connect to others via instant message, audio conferencing and video phone. It can also call regular phone lines from anywhere in the world. This release updates Skype to the latest version. It's packaged as a portable app so you communicate on the go and it's in Format so it can easily integrate with the Suite. It's released as freeware for personal and business use.

Update automatically or install from the app store in the Platform Pre-Release.


ScreenshotSkype-to-Skype calls, video calls and instant messaging are free, any time of the day or night, anywhere in the world. Call phones and mobiles and send SMS messages at great value Pay As You Go rates, or call unlimited* to certain countries with a subscription.

  • Free Skype-to-Skype calls.
  • Call phones and mobiles, send SMS.
  • Free instant messaging.
  • Voicemail.
  • Free video call.
  • Forward calls to a phone when you’re offline.

Learn more about Skype Installer / Format

Skype Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Suite including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Skype Portable is available for immediate download from the Skype Portable homepage. Get it today! is not affiliated with Skype. Skype is a trademark of Skype Technologies SA.

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John T. Haller's picture

Copy n pasted it from the last Skype release and didn't update it.

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After installing there is a empty "data/settings"-file and an error-message if i try to start Skype:
>Anwendungspopup: Skype.exe - Fehler in Anwendung: Die Anweisung in "0x005b8a20" verweist auf Speicher in "0x03c207e6". Der Vorgang
"read" konnte nicht auf dem Speicher durchgeführt werden.

John T. Haller's picture

Did you try a fresh install or deleting the Data directory (you'll lose your settings) to see if that works?

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1. installed over the old one - didn`t start
2. fresh installation - didn`t start
3. fresh installation and copy/paste of the old settings - works

but how can i get rid of the skype home screen at every start?

John T. Haller's picture

Skype itself has no way of disabling it. They'll have a way shortly as everyone hates it.

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If you don't want the annoying Skype home screen to popup each time you start Skype then don't install this version.

I got an error when i tried to auto update skype. I tried installing it manually and it didn't work either. Now it says the skype exe is gone. It gives me a access forbidden (403) error.

Make the world portable! Please.

Gord Caswell's picture

That means you're forbidden access from the location you're at. Are you trying to update from behind a corporate firewall?

Note that I just ran the installer and had no issues, so it isn't a problem on Skype's end.