Skype Portable (chat and voice calling) Released by

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Submitted by John T. Haller on June 7, 2011 - 11:01am

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 in the Platform 2.0 Beta 5 by clicking 'Check for Updates'.


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  • 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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After installing it, the new version initially crashed on me. It took a 3 times before it was finally launched right.

You can see that also announced before taking its link down (it now points to the current version). Actually, the current version's only purpose is to fix 113's "Skype crashed on startup" error. The comments to that blog post claimed the error was not fixed.

As for my 2 crashes (it was fine starting from the 3rd attempt, remember?), the first one wasn't even recorded.

The second crash was recorded as:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Application Error
Event Category: None
Event ID: 1000
Date: 07/06/2011
Time: 20:48:41
User: N/A
Computer: (My computer's name)
Faulting application skype.exe, version, faulting module kernel32.dll, version 5.1.2600.5512, fault address 0x00012aeb.

For more information, see Help and Support Center at
0000: 41 70 70 6c 69 63 61 74 Applicat
0008: 69 6f 6e 20 46 61 69 6c ion Fail
0010: 75 72 65 20 20 73 6b 79 ure sky
0018: 70 65 2e 65 78 65 20 35 pe.exe 5
0020: 2e 33 2e 30 2e 31 31 36 .3.0.116
0028: 20 69 6e 20 6b 65 72 6e in kern
0030: 65 6c 33 32 2e 64 6c 6c el32.dll
0038: 20 35 2e 31 2e 32 36 30 5.1.260
0040: 30 2e 35 35 31 32 20 61 0.5512 a
0048: 74 20 6f 66 66 73 65 74 t offset
0050: 20 30 30 30 31 32 61 65 00012ae
0058: 62 0d 0a b..

John T. Haller's picture

This is the current version is serving as well as automatically upgrading local users to. And it works fine for me both locally and portably. Could be an XP incompatibility. I'd wager they'll send an update out shortly. Nothing we can do about it in the meantime.

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John T. Haller's picture

I've had to kill Skype on Windows 7 to exit it for months. Nothing new there. As for the crash, as I said, it's on them to fix it. This is their official release and what they automatically upgrade end users to, so there's not much we can do about it. Maybe it's due to the multiple global outtages, who knows.

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

I've seen Skype running fine in Windows 7.

Where is the auto-update setting? Is it the registry setting called DisableVersionCheck? If so, how come Skype Portable bypasses auto updates without using this registry trick?