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sPortable 8.45.0.41 Dev Test 1 (portable launcher for Skype)

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.

Download sPortable 8.45.0.41 Dev Test 1
1+60MB download / 180MB installed
MD5: 86e06d970453dc8875618aa489367414
SHA256: 0bf0391320ce4dc96b4e6bd769a1a99fbc03cfe63b5c8a20738986acea851a42

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:
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.

==========================================================
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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