What is Skype for modern Windows?

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Skype for modern Windows is a new way of using Skype. This new Skype experience is designed with touch-screen devices in mind, so whether you’re using a Windows 8.1 tablet, a desktop, or a laptop with a touch screen, Skype for modern Windows helps you to keep in touch with your friends in a new, simple and elegant way.

To use Skype for modern Windows, all you'll need is a computer with a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor running Windows 8.1. If you need to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, don't worry; you can do the free and easy upgrade here.

If you’re looking for support, we’ve got lots of FAQs to help you and it's easy to join the discussion in our community.

If you're new to Skype for modern Windows, why not check out one of our handy guides:

A whole new look

Skype for modern Windows looks different, but still has the Skype features you use the most. Whether you’re speaking to your friends or adjusting your settings, it’s clear and simple to use. 

The Skype home screen.

Make a video call or a group video call, send an instant message, call a mobile or landline or send a text message. With Skype for modern Windows, you’re always on and ready to catch up with your friends, wherever they are in the world.

Group video calling

When you upgrade to the latest version of Skype for modern Windows on a device running Windows 8.1, you can participate in group video calls with up to 9 of your friends (for a total of 10 participants). Though you're not yet able to share your screen in a group call, you will be able to view screens shared by other participants.

Learn more about group video calling.

Differences with Skype for Windows Desktop


Skype for modern Windows has been designed with touch-screen devices in mind, so it works great on tablets and touch-screen PCs. If you have an older PC or a non-touch-screen device (or if you're just more comfortable with a mouse and keyboard), you can still use Skype for Windows Desktop on your Windows 8.1 device.

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