Skype Portable Released

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Submitted by John T. Haller on March 5, 2010 - 11:24am

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 and has an improved launcher. 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.

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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

Fixed thanks.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

If you install this version of Skype on Windows 7 you will not be able to close the taskbar icon while Skype is running. This is no fault on the portable app installer, it is a "feature" of Skype 4.2.

Anyway, it is incredibly annoying. Fortunately it was really easy to roll back using the portable app Smile Hopefully they will fix this soon.

John T. Haller's picture

Most apps will be doing this on Windows 7 due to Windows 7's hobbled system tray (which hides icons by default, breaking with the all previous Windows versions) and due to the fact that Windows 7's task bar icons are quite small (compared to previous versions) so you don't really need to 'save space' by sticking something in the system tray. I think you'll see most apps that use the system tray currently switching to this setup under Windows 7. Either way, it's not a bug, it's a 'feature'. And with Windows 7, we'll basically be saying 'the system tray is dead'.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

In Windows 7 you can easily hide the app from the taskbar. First quit the running app, then navigate to the location of your Skype application itself, right-click to get the Properties window. On the Compatibility tab set the program to run under the compatibility mode for Vista (with SP2 if you wish). Since Vista did not have the unwanted taskbar behavior, the change to compatibility produces the desired effect of minimizing the latest Skype to the notification area/tray.