We first launched Skype for Windows desktop in 2003 and connected people around the world with audio calls on PCs. A few years later, we brought the magic of video calling to consumers. You could share stories with loved ones like never before by talking face-to-face for free on PCs. Many things have changed since then; people are using multiple devices as well as mobile devices with limited battery and connectivity. To ensure that we can keep people connected, Skype also started transitioning from peer-to-peer to a modern, mobile friendly cloud architecture.
As a part of this transition, we worked closely with the Windows team to build a new Skype. We redesigned the app from the ground up so that Skype works seamlessly with Windows 10, taking advantage of the Universal Windows Platform. Starting today with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we are rolling out a faster and easier way for Windows 10 customers to use Skype.
This version of Skype has been redesigned for Windows 10 and will come installed on your Windows 10 PC with the Anniversary Update. You’ll be able to use all your favorite Skype features: talk over 1:1 and group video calls, say hello with 1:1 and group chats, call mobiles and landlines at low rates, share photos, share files, use emoticons, and add Mojis. Keep in touch with anyone no matter what device they’re using—Skype is available on Windows, Apple, and Android devices.
Do more together. Trying to sell your house? Have a video call with your real estate agent and share your screen to work together in real time.
If everyone isn’t available online, another option is to share files, photos, documents and videos (up to 300MB) with friends and groups. Since files are stored in the cloud, file sharing is more reliable than before and you can pick up the file multiple times on different devices. Track conversations, search for contacts, and access the bot preview by tapping on the left menu. The app also automatically adjusts as you resize it.
Since Skype Preview is built-in to Windows 10, you can reply to messages directly in the notification without having to open the app via quick reply. Another noticeable change: we’ve updated the UI to take advantage of the Windows 10 look and feel; however, if you prefer the light background version of Skype, go to settings and select “Light theme” under Personalization.
To get started, download the Windows 10 Anniversary Update on your PC, open the start menu and you’ll see “Skype Preview” in your list of apps. Click to launch or pin it to your taskbar or start for even faster access.
If you have been using the Skype video and messaging apps, these will be replaced with Skype Preview after your PC has been upgraded to the Anniversary Update. If you have been using Skype for desktop, it will continue to work like you’ve expected, but if you’re interested in trying out the new Skype Preview, launch it and sign-in.
Let us know what you think. We’ll keep evolving the Skype Preview for Windows 10 and would love to hear your ideas. Take a moment to visit the Windows Feedback Hub, search for Skype and upvote a trending topic or create a new entry. To get the latest news and tips, find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and join us on the Skype Community.
Thanks for continuing to take this journey with us, we can’t wait to bring you even more!