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Is Skype Not Recognizing New gTLDs Yet?


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I saw an interesting post on the Skype community message board that I want to share with you. Apparently Skype is not yet recognizing gTLD domain names that are sent amongst users via instant message.

According to this merged post  on the Skype message board that was started over a month ago and has a few comments:

“When a gTLD, such as “” is linked in Skype, the link does not display as a link and others cannot click it.

To reproduce:
Try to send a message with “” in it.”

I tested this using one of my new gTLD domain names, and it appears that the commenters are correct. I typed both as well as the http version,, and there was no hyperlink created. For comparison purposes, I tested this in Twitter, and a hyperlink was created for right away.

Since the gTLD domain names have been available for quite some time already, and there are over 400,000 new domain names registered, I hope that Skype looks into this issue and rectifies it. Interestingly, as you can see from the messages in the Skype community thread, the Skype message board recognizes new gTLDs as valid urls, but it seems that the instant message aspect of Skype does not.

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Comments (5)

    Nick Nelson

    Yep – they are not supported yet. A Skype GM confirmed on twitter he was looking into it, but no status in awhile now.

    April 12th, 2014 at 1:00 pm


    filling in contact fields on numerous websites also result in your email address being rejected if it is any of the new tlds as they aren’t on corporate white lists as valid extensions. For now I have given up using them

    April 12th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Elliot Silver

      Interesting – hadn’t thought about that being an issue.

      April 12th, 2014 at 7:35 pm


      Well, ADOBE accepted a .email address, while 1&1 Internet refused it.

      Make of that what you will

      In reply to Elliot Silver | April 12th, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Easy Meals Club

    Same here for my .club domain. Sent someone a link to my site on Skype but it was not hyperlinked. I am also having problems on some sites like Pinterest with the URL not being hyperlinked and it not recognizing my email as a valid email address!

    Hope the Internet fixes this!

    May 30th, 2014 at 10:08 am

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