How do I get the desktop version of Skype (Windows 8 or above)?

We’re really proud of Skype for Windows 8, but we haven’t forgotten about the desktop. Skype for Windows desktop is still being developed and works really well on Windows 8.

To start using Skype for Windows desktop:

  1. Download the latest version of Skype for Windows desktop.
  2. The download bar appears at the bottom of your internet browser. Tap or click Save.
  3. After the download ends, tap or click Run.
  4. When prompted, select Yes to start installing Skype.
  5. Windows 8 switches to the desktop and Skype opens.
  6. Sign in and start speaking to your friends.

Having problems downloading Skype? Check out this handy guide.

When you’re signed in to Skype, the icon of Skype for Windows desktop appears alongside your other apps in the Start screen.

The Start screen with the Skype for Windows desktop icon displayed alongside the other apps.

To find the Skype for Windows desktop icon more quickly, just type “Skype” in the Start screen and the Skype icons for both of the Windows versions will be displayed at the top left of your screen.

Every time you start Skype for Windows desktop, Windows 8 switches to the desktop. To get back to the Start screen, just press the Windows key or swipe from the right, then tap Start.

Skype app in Windows desktop

With Skype for Windows 8, you can enjoy everyday Skype features like instant messaging, voice and video calling. To benefit from other Skype features such as group video calls and group screen sharing, you can switch to the desktop version of Skype at any time.

To switch between Skype for Windows 8 and the desktop version of Skype more easily, you can put both of the Skype icons together into one tile space. To do so:

  1. Right click, or tap and hold the Skype for Windows 8 tile.
  2. Select Smaller from the options at the bottom of the screen to reduce the Skype tile size.

    Skype tile selected in the Start screen
     
  3. Drag and drop the Skype for desktop icon next to the Skype for Windows 8 tile. Skype for Windows desktop and Skype for Windows 8 are now displayed in one tile space.
  4. Now you can quickly switch between the two different versions of Skype.

    Skype for desktop and Skype for Windows 8 displayed in the Start screen

Learn more about transferring your chat history from Skype for Windows desktop to Skype for Windows 8 and to Skype for desktop on Windows 8.

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