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sPortable 8.72.0.94 Dev Test 2 (portable launcher for Skype)

This dev test has been released officially

The current sPortable release is for Skype Classic 7.x which has now been deprecated by Microsoft. This updated release aims to update sPortable to the new Skype for Desktop 8.x series. Any existing Skype Classic settings are not used by Skype 8 as it's an entirely different app.

Existing sPortable 7 installs will be moved to an sPortableLegacy7 directory. Existing sPortable 8 Dev Test installs will be moved to an sPortableLegacy8 directory.

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1+77MB download / 247MB installed
MD5: 48fbf772c552fab028747254aa22c568
SHA256: 9aae9e9017f3ce0ce70e0e7ba64b0cbf90f952eb7ade264ee49882c284253326
Clean VirusTotal scan

Note that when it fails to install, it's likely a new version was released by the publisher. Please drop a comment when this happens and I'll update and remove the comment. There's no need for additional "me too" comments when this occurs.

Release History:
2021-06-06: 8.72.0.94 Dev Test 2 - Fixed launcher issue, set not to start with Windows by default
2021-06-03: 8.72.0.94 Dev Test 1 - Updated version, rewrote launcher and installer
2019-05-23: 8.45.0.41 Dev Test 1 - Updated version
2019-04-30: 8.44.0.40 Dev Test 1 - Updated version
2019-04-29: 8.43.0.56 Dev Test 1 - Updated version
2019-03-28: 8.42.0.60 Dev Test 1 - Updated version
2019-03-04: 8.40.0.70 Dev Test 1 - Updated version, test fixed taskbar pinning
2018-10-27: 8.33.0.50 Dev Test 1 - Updated version
2018-10-25: 8.33.0.41 Dev Test 1 - Updated version
2018-10-04: 8.31.0.92 Dev Test 1 - Updated version, removed test messages, added taskbar pinning
2018-09-01: 8.29.0.50 Dev Test 1 - Updated version
2018-03-19: 8.18.0.6 Dev Test 2 - Updated version
2018-03-18: 8.17.0.2 Dev Test 2 - Updated version, disabled automatic upgrade
2018-03-05: 8.16.0.4 Dev Test 1 - Initial Release

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results : Skype 8.33.0.50 Dev Test 1

Hi John,
Here is an update on Skype 8.33.0.50 Dev Test 1

I downloaded and successfully installed
portable Skype 8.33.0.50 Dev Test 1
last October 27 [Saturday]

Over all it worked-- more details below.

Good
- This version of Skype runs better and quieter
- No longer heavy on CPU
- Looked same as previous Skype 8 Desktop versions
- video and voice calls worked..
- Can send Instant messages+ text

New feature
- Read Receipt
- side by side "face view"
- receive notifications when one reacts to message
- Manage how people find you
--appear in suggestion or search result

Not so Good :
minor change is Skype windows screen during video call
- supposed side by side "face view"
between me and my contact is gone

- Size of my face suppose to change when I click it
Now my face remained like a "thumb nail view" ??
so tiny!-- cannot see my self..

- Portable Skype 8.33.0.50 Dev Test 1 still leave traces
in the computer after logout or quitting Skype.

I still have to manually delete it.

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Traces

If there are specific traces, please post what they are (exact paths, what version of Windows you're on, whether you have local Skype, etc) so I don't have to hunt for them across multiple platforms and scenarios.

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Update: minor traces? not really sure

Hi John,

Sorry information given earlier incomplete.
n00b in computer Sad

Below are info, which I hope will be useful.

Thanks in advance.

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NOT sure if these are traces.
PERHAPS, these are minor traces?
1. skype icon &
2. skype-preview Crashes
Windows Version used : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 (build 7601), 64-bit

https://vgy.me/JoAFjK.jpg

file path

Directory of C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp

03/11/2018 17:52 .
03/11/2018 17:52 ..
03/11/2018 17:37 1,776 2d3932d5-07a7-4367-8077-3e4495346a5b.tmp.ico

Directory of C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\skype-preview Crashes

03/11/2018 17:37 .
03/11/2018 17:37 ..
03/11/2018 17:38 3,749 operation_log.txt

Inside Operation log:

[6620:8336:1103/173717.982:VERBOSE1:crash_service_main.cc(78)] Session start. cmdline is [--reporter-url=https://rink.hockeyapp.net/api/2/apps/a741743329d94bc08826af367733939d/c... --application-name=skype-preview "--crashes-directory=C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\skype-preview Crashes" --v=1]
[6620:8336:1103/173717.985:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(145)] window handle is 00350362
[6620:8336:1103/173717.985:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(300)] pipe name is \\.\pipe\skype-preview Crash Service
dumps at C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\skype-preview Crashes
[6620:8336:1103/173717.985:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(304)] checkpoint is C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\skype-preview Crashes\crash_checkpoint.txt
server is https://rink.hockeyapp.net/api/2/apps/a741743329d94bc08826af367733939d/c...
maximum 128 reports/day
reporter is electron-crash-service
[6620:8336:1103/173717.986:VERBOSE1:crash_service_main.cc(94)] Ready to process crash requests
[6620:8956:1103/173719.289:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(333)] client start. pid = 3868
[6620:8956:1103/173726.112:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(333)] client start. pid = 8824
[7236:1268:1103/173726.216:VERBOSE1:crash_service_main.cc(78)] Session start. cmdline is [--reporter-url=https://rink.hockeyapp.net/api/2/apps/a741743329d94bc08826af367733939d/c... --application-name=skype-preview "--crashes-directory=C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\skype-preview Crashes" --v=1]
[7236:1268:1103/173726.222:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(145)] window handle is 0174044C
[7236:1268:1103/173726.222:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(300)] pipe name is \\.\pipe\skype-preview Crash Service
dumps at C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\skype-preview Crashes
[7236:1268:1103/173726.222:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(304)] checkpoint is C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\skype-preview Crashes\crash_checkpoint.txt
server is https://rink.hockeyapp.net/api/2/apps/a741743329d94bc08826af367733939d/c...
maximum 128 reports/day
reporter is electron-crash-service
[7236:1268:1103/173726.222:ERROR:crash_service.cc(311)] could not start dumper
[6620:5196:1103/173828.051:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(341)] client end. pid = 8824
[6620:8956:1103/173830.140:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(333)] client start. pid = 4152
[5748:5008:1103/173830.221:VERBOSE1:crash_service_main.cc(78)] Session start. cmdline is [--reporter-url=https://rink.hockeyapp.net/api/2/apps/a741743329d94bc08826af367733939d/c... --application-name=skype-preview "--crashes-directory=C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\skype-preview Crashes" --v=1]
[5748:5008:1103/173830.226:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(145)] window handle is 00150276
[5748:5008:1103/173830.226:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(300)] pipe name is \\.\pipe\skype-preview Crash Service
dumps at C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\skype-preview Crashes
[5748:5008:1103/173830.226:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(304)] checkpoint is C:\Users\user\AppData\Local\Temp\skype-preview Crashes\crash_checkpoint.txt
server is https://rink.hockeyapp.net/api/2/apps/a741743329d94bc08826af367733939d/c...
maximum 128 reports/day
reporter is electron-crash-service
[5748:5008:1103/173830.227:ERROR:crash_service.cc(311)] could not start dumper
[6620:5196:1103/173842.432:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(341)] client end. pid = 4152
[6620:5196:1103/173842.585:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(341)] client end. pid = 3868
[6620:5196:1103/173843.585:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(362)] zero clients. exiting
[6620:8336:1103/173843.585:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(540)] session ending..
[6620:8336:1103/173843.585:VERBOSE1:crash_service.cc(545)] clients connected :3
clients terminated :3
dumps serviced :0
dumps reported :0
[6620:8336:1103/173843.585:VERBOSE1:crash_service_main.cc(99)] Session end. return code is 0

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Updated to 8.44.0.40

Updated to yesterday evening's new release. Again, we only need one note that a new version is posted and it will be addressed. It will show up as an invalid download due to the MD5 mismatch. This is for security reasons as we require a scan by us before passing along to you.

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perfect

works. Thanks!

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Results: sPortable 8.44.0.40 Dev Test 1

Results: sPortable 8.44.0.40 Dev Test 1 (portable launcher for Skype)

Application definitely writes to the Windows registry on any system on which it is run.

I didn't perform a full test, but I confirmed it writes to HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.

Naturally, this causes Skype to run on every system boot, and it runs outside of the PortableApps Platform, so any post-close cleanup that is supposed to take place never happens.

Even when the registry key is manually deleted, Skype adds the registry key back into the registry whenever it is run. This takes place whether or not the app is run from within the PortableApps Platform.

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Writes files to folders outside of installation folder

In Win7, the current version writes files to C:\Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Skype for Desktop\

Is it supposed to do this? Doesn't seem portable.

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Current

Does the current version posted today still exhibit this issue?

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Yes

Yes, the current version posted still exhibits this issue.

In addition, it also created a folder "c:\users\[username]\appdata\local\temp\skype-preview Crashes" which contains a file "operation_log.txt". It also created a folder in the same location called "net-export".

Furthermore, before installing the new portable version, I deleted all traces of the existing Skype Portable that I could find, but Skype Portable still somehow knew my Skype login information after installing the latest version. So it's saving private data in even more places than I manually detected. I didn't perform comprehensive before-after system change scans because I didn't think it would be so intrusive. So if you install it and login, please perform before-after file system and registry change scans, and let me know which other areas of the file system and/or registry it modified. It's storing private login data somewhere.

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Updated to 8.45.0.41

Updated to 8.45.0.41. Haven't yet had a chance to test out the Run at startup issue in a VM.

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Still present

The issue is still present in 8.45.0.41

The result is a Windows Registry modification.

The setting that controls this behavior is stored in settings.json, which is currently stored outside of the Portable Apps platform folders.

The desired setting is "app.autoStartEnabled":false . Probably also want "app.onCloseKeepRunning":false.

Update: I just discovered it also writes a URL Protocol registration to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\skype.

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Skype Update

Skype has been updated to 8.46.0.60.

[Edit: The base application Skype, not the Portable version- I am not a developer]

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sPortable 8.45.0.41 Dev Test 1

Hi,
Not loading correctly for the moment.
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I can't download the lattest,

I can't download the lattest, i have an error (the file doesn't exist)

can you fix please ? Smile

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Error installing Skype sPortable 8.45.0.41 Dev Test1

Hi John, the latest version of Skype posted is giving an error while installing, it starts downloading but then gives out this message:

C:\Users\OASR~1\AppData\Local\Temp\nsl9BB7.tmp\Downloaded\Skype->C:\Users\OARS~1\AppData\Local\Temp\nsl9BB7.tmp\Downloaded\Skype-8.45.0.41.exe
Delete file: C:\Users\OARS~1\AppData\Local\Temp\nsl9BB7.tmp\Downloaded\Skype-8.45.0.41.exe
The downloaded copy of Skype is not valid and can not be installed. Please try installing again.

Can you help please.
Thanks

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MS has released 8.49.0.49

MS has released another new version of Skype. They are now up to 8.49.0.49.

The version included with sPortable is asking to upgrade on every launch, as it is only 8.45.0.41.

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You can try replace files manually
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sPortable can't be installed.

sPortable can't be installed.
Reason: there's a new version of Skype.

I'm Jacob (a.k.a. Black Winner Yoshi) and I'm trying to download every portable app from PortableApps.com, as well as make every possible app (i.e. freeware and especially open source apps) packaged to PortableApps.com Format.

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Use Web Version

Skype is an Electron based application.
Namely it is mainly HTML / JS code running in Chrome + V8.

An equivalent and identical version can be run using Chrome Portable running https://web.skype.com.
It is always the latest version and as far as I can tell has the same features as the Electron version.

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If using the web version, I suggest the preview web one

I suggest to use https://preview.web.skype.com instead.
It's a better version which is even more identical.
While they call it a "preview", it has been around for a while and doesn't seem to ever become official.

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Not Relevant Anymore

They use to run the new UI only on the preview.
Currently the official version is also based on the new UI so there is no point in using the preview version.
It has run its course.

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Should Skype (sPortable) be removed from PortableApps?

Should Skype (sPortable) be removed? It's so out of date, I don't think it can be working for anyone without running Microsoft's update tool, which likely makes it non-portable.

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I'd like sPortable to kept if

I'd like sPortable to kept if possible. I'm using 8.44.0.40, which still works for me.

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Good feedback. Thanks. You

Good feedback. Thanks. You're able to run 8.44.0.40 without MS claiming that it requires updating?

When I try 8.45.0.41, I get a notification that I must update it in order to use it.

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Yes. 8.44.0.40 does have a

Yes. 8.44.0.40 does have a Notification on the Notifications page offering an update to the latest version of Skype, but there's no obligation to update and 8.44.0.40 continues to run ok.

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Error

The installer downloads Skype twice and then throws an error:

Output folder: G:\Portable Apps\PortableApps\sPortable
Preparing to upgrade sPortable...
Create folder: C:\Users\...\AppData\Local\Temp\nsw985C.tmp\Downloaded
Downloading Skype...
Installing sPortable...
Rename: C:\Users\...\AppData\Local\Temp\nsw985C.tmp\Downloaded\Skype->C:\...\Admin\AppData\Local\Temp\nsw985C.tmp\Downloaded\Skype-8.45.0.41.exe
Create folder: C:\Users\...\AppData\Local\Temp\nsw985C.tmp\Downloaded
Downloading Skype...
Installing sPortable...
Rename: C:\Users\...\AppData\Local\Temp\nsw985C.tmp\Downloaded\Skype->C:\Users\...\AppData\Local\Temp\nsw985C.tmp\Downloaded\Skype-8.45.0.41.exe
Delete file: C:\Users\...\AppData\Local\Temp\nsw985C.tmp\Downloaded\Skype-8.45.0.41.exe
The downloaded copy of Skype is not valid and can not be installed. Please try installing again.
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Latest Skype Portable apps NOT working

Dear Sir

This version of Skype Portable app is NOT working for me
I get a SIMILAR error as in case of user DERPISH, message # 27, in this thread
The error logs ends with "...The downloaded copy of Skype is not valid and can not be installed. Please try installing again...."
I've Tried on WIN 10 Laptop
Already other portable apps like firefox portal are working for me on the same laptop
I've Tried this skype porta app on 23rd Aug 2020

In reply to thread and post
https://portableapps.com/comment/243197#comment-243197

regards
Porta User

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install says invalid

installer.ini lists file for download URL as: Skype-8.29.0.50.exe
but
download filename as: Skype-8.45.0.41.exe

MD5 seems to be correct for Skype-8.45.0.41.exe

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8.72.0.94 Dev Test 1

Updated to the current Skype release, rewrote the launcher and installer. Should be working correctly now but need to check portablization and upgraded from older 7 and 8 installs (which are moved to legacy directories).

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Launcher path

ProgramExecutable=Skype\Phone\Skype.exe should be ProgramExecutable=Skype\Skype.exe

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Fixed

Thanks, fixed this in Dev 2. Accidentally packaged the wrong launcher INI. Also set it not to start with Windows by default.

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Officially Released

For folks following this topic, sPortable 8 has been officially released: https://portableapps.com/news/2021-06-08--sportable-8.72.0.94-released

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