Skype keeps the world talking. Say “hello” with an instant message, voice or video call – all for free, no matter what device they use Skype on. Skype is available on phones, tablets, PCs, and Macs. • Video calls – Don’t just hear the cheers, see it! Get together with 1 or 24 of your friends and family on a video call. Watch your everyone’s smiles and cries when you tell them “We’re engaged!!!" Skype is the only communications app that lets you make group video calls on mobile devices. • Chat – Reach people instantly. Send messages to your friends, liven up conversations with emoticons and Mojis, or create a group chat to make weekend plans with up to 300 people. • Share – Do more together. Easily share your photos, videos, documents, and files with your family and friends. Unlike email, Skype will transfer up to 300MB per file. • Voice calls – Camera shy? Make voice calls to anyone on Skype. You can also call mobile and landlines at low rates. Skype Preview is only available with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. If you have an older version of Windows, please visit to download Skype.

Available on

Xbox One

Xbox One

Windows Holographic

Windows Holographic



mobile device

mobile device

Version notes

Version number: Varies by device

• SMS relay for Windows Mobile – send and receive SMS and MMS messages directly from a Windows 10 PC when Skype on Windows 10 Mobile is set as the default messaging app.   • Connect with Skype for Business users – view status, instant message, and have 1:1 video or audio calls with Skype for Business consumers using Skype Preview. • Improved messaging – drag and drop files (up to 300MB) and images up to 300MB in chat to quickly share them, right click on the message and select “Quote Message” so you will know who said what in instant message chats, see an image preview of a shared URL rather than a long link, and stay on top of unread messages with an unread message indicator in chat. • Enhanced profiles – start a call or conversation from a contact’s profile page, add/remove/block contacts, view initials of a contact if they don’t have a profile picture, and unblock blocked contacts. • Easier calling – manage audio/video devices from Skype settings to select a preferred camera, microphone or speaker and test audio before a call. • Additional Windows Mobile updates – video calls will default to loud speaker for video calls and improved back button navigation. • 11/16/2016 update: Quality improvements and bug fixes


  • Talk face to face over a free video call.
  • Free voice calls to anyone else on Skype.
  • Get people together with group video or voice calls with up to 25 people.
  • Message your friends in an instant and add up to 300 people to a group chat.
  • Call mobiles and landlines at low rates (Skype to Skype calls are always free).
  • Share photos, files (up to 300MB), screens, and add emoticons and Mojis to your chats.
  • Skype’s available on smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Macs.

System Requirements

These apply only to PC and phones.
OS Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8
Architecture ARM, x86, x64
OS Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8
Architecture ARM, x86, x64

Additional info

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© 2014 Skype and/or Microsoft

Approximate download size
2.89 MB - 80.88 MB


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    Users Interact

    Shares Info

    Shares Location

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Use your microphone
Use your webcam
Use your devices that support the Human Interface Device (HID) protocol
Access your Internet connection
Access your Internet connection and act as a server.
Access your home or work networks
Use your contacts
Use an anonymous Microsoft account
Use your rear- or front-facing camera
Use your location
Use your maps
Use your music
Use the photos in your media library
Use the media items that are currently playing
Use your device network services
Use your phone
Send push notifications
Use any of your Windows Phone sensors
Use your device’s speech recognition and text-to-speech (TTS) services
Use your device’s voice over IP (VoIP) services
Access your browser
Read contact information
See your current and past surroundings
Project the screen on another device
Read and delete Text Messages
Access all the phone lines on your device
Query software licensing policies
Access your settings from when you first signed in to your device
Access your Windows Phone identification data
Have control over your Windows Phone
Make use of SMS and RCS
Send SMS and MMS messages
Read and write all SMS and MMS messages

Install on your Windows 10 devices.

Language supported
English (United States)
Afrikaans (Suid-Afrika)
አማርኛ (ኢትዮጵያ)
العربية (المملكة العربية السعودية)
অসমীয়া (ভাৰত)
Azərbaycan Dili (Azərbaycan)
Беларуская (Беларусь)
Български (България)
বাংলা (ভারত)
Bosanski (Bosna I Hercegovina)
Català (Català)
Čeština (Česká Republika)
Cymraeg (Y Deyrnas Unedig)
Dansk (Danmark)
Deutsch (Deutschland)
Ελληνικά (Ελλάδα)
Español (España, Alfabetización Internacional)
Euskara (Euskara)
فارسى (ایران)
Suomi (Suomi)
Filipino (Pilipinas)
Français (France)
Gaeilge (Éire)
Gàidhlig (An Rìoghachd Aonaichte)
Galego (Galego)
ગુજરાતી (ભારત)
Hausa (Nijeriya)
עברית (ישראל)
हिंदी (भारत)
Hrvatski (Hrvatska)
Magyar (Magyarország)
Հայերեն (Հայաստան)
Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesia)
Igbo (Nigeria)
Íslenska (Ísland)
Italiano (Italia)
日本語 (日本)
ქართული (საქართველო)
Қазақ (Қазақстан)
ភាសាខ្មែរ (កម្ពុជា)
ಕನ್ನಡ (ಭಾರತ)
कोंकणी (भारत)
کوردیی ناوەڕاست (کوردستان)
Кыргыз (Кыргызстан)
Lëtzebuergesch (Lëtzebuerg)
Lietuvių (Lietuva)
Latviešu (Latvija)
Reo Māori (Aotearoa)
Македонски Јазик (Македонија)
മലയാളം (ഭാരതം)
Монгол Хэл (Монгол Улс)
मराठी (भारत)
Bahasa Melayu (Malaysia)
Malti (Malta)
Norsk, Bokmål (Norge)
नेपाली (नेपाल)
Nederlands (Nederland)
Norsk, Nynorsk (Noreg)
Sesotho Sa Leboa (Afrika Borwa)
ଓଡ଼ିଆ (ଭାରତ)
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (ਭਾਰਤ)
پنجابی (پاکستان)
Polski (Polska)
درى (افغانستان)
Português (Brasil)
K'iche' (Guatemala)
Runasimi (Peru)
Română (România)
Русский (Россия)
Kinyarwanda (Rwanda)
سنڌي (پاکستان)
සිංහල (ශ්‍රී ලංකා)
Slovenčina (Slovenská Republika)
Slovenščina (Slovenija)
Shqip (Shqipëria)
Српски (Србија)
Srpski (Srbija)
Svenska (Sverige)
Kiswahili (Kenya)
தமிழ் (இந்தியா)
తెలుగు (భారత దేశం)
Тоҷикӣ (Тоҷикистон)
ไทย (ไทย)
ትግርኛ (ኢትዮጵያ)
Türkmen Dili (Türkmenistan)
Setswana (Aforika Borwa)
Türkçe (Türkiye)
Татар (Россия)
ئۇيغۇرچە (جۇڭخۇا خەلق جۇمھۇرىيىتى)
Українська (Україна)
اُردو (پاکستان)
O'zbekcha (O'zbekiston Respublikasi)
Tiếng Việt (Việt Nam)
Wolof (Senegaal)
Isixhosa (Umzantsi Afrika)
Yoruba (Nigeria)
Isizulu (Iningizimu Afrika)
বাংলা (বাংলাদেশ)
English (United Kingdom)
Eesti (Eesti)
Español (México)
Français (Canada)
ພາສາລາວ (ສປປ ລາວ)
Português (Portugal)

Publisher Info
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Additional terms
Xbox Live code of conduct
Skype Preview privacy policy
Skype Preview license terms

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Platform: Mobile

😒 Failing Skype

I really loved using skype but force to give 2 star. The video chat and massaging was awesome. Since the upgrade can't delete old messages. I can see the person but they can't see me. I uninstalled now it will not install saying error, first in 2yr of using Skype ever had problem until this last upgrade. A the freezing and chopped conversation. It not my phone. This is the only way to talk to family in other places.

One person found this helpful.




Platform: PC

overall it is fine, but needs some polishing

Messages that were read on another PC are displayed as unread. I can't start text chat by double-clicking contact from some group conversation. And when it was just installed, looks like it syncs data as most contacts are appearing as if they haven't shared details with me, and I can't write messages to them because of that. But overall the app is more pleasant than original Skype, and I really enjoy the dark theme a lot.

8 out of 9 people found this helpful.





I really don't understand Skype or Skype Preview. I turned on my computer one day and there it was. It was also on my WinPhone when looked at it. So use it to text people, fine. It doesn't receive pics. That's not good. And also the biggest problem. I can't video call people. I have free minutes with my Office sub, not that I need them, but how on earth do you video call aka "skype" someone? I just don't understand. I can't "skype" anyone in my contacts. Does this mean no one has skype or is the app broke?




Platform: PC

Almost Flawless Since the Lastest Update!

I primarily use Skype for group chat, and although I always found the universal version of Skype more accessible than the basic desktop one, problems like being slow to load text messages and going to the end of the list instead of starting from first unread message stopped me from using it. However since the latest update as of the date of my comment, most of these issues have been resolved and finally I'm content with it. Thanks a bunch!

11 out of 16 people found this helpful.




Platform: Mobile

Can't even attach a picture without the app crashing

Can't even attach a picture without the app crashing endlessly. Other apps can navigate attaching with no problem, but Microsoft's skype trying to attach pictures from Microsoft's photos on Microsoft's OS on Microsoft's 950 can't manage such a simple task

18 out of 20 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Missing some features

The miniature video window that appears when the client is minimized is missing from this version. Regular skype has this feature and unfortunately, with it missing from Skype preview, I cannot use this program.



Michael R

Platform: Mobile

Don't bother with new SMS integration

I like skype, but the new SMS integration failed almost every test I tried. I turned on SMS, opened to see all my existing conversations, this worked. I added a mobile number to a skype contact, opened the existing skype conversation for that contact, saw no way to switch to SMS, strike 1. I tried to create a new conversation with that same contact using SMS, it opened the existing conversation and would only send a skype message, strike 2. I created a new SMS conversation with an existing phone contact and it chose the home number instead of the mobile number so I couldn't send them an SMS, strike 3. Now I cant delete the failed SMS conversation, strike 4. I turned the SMS integration off. Welcome back to the Messaging app.

8 out of 11 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

Good but could be better

There are some things I like about this new Skype Preview. I like the new dark background and the ability to receive and send sms messages from this one app. A couple of things I don't like are: 1) I was able before to copy several lines of a conversation and paste it in another conversation. Now I can only copy one line at a time. 2) It sometimes takes several minutes for me to receive messages. I can hear my phone receive and then about 10 minutes later it will appear on my pc.

9 out of 9 people found this helpful.




Platform: Mobile

Drained my battery

I had this installed for a while, so maybe a recent update was to blame but my phone couldn't hold a charge for more than a couple hours. Uninstalled Skype preview and now battery is lasting all day.

3 out of 3 people found this helpful.




Platform: PC

So so

I use it on my surface 2 and it usually has to drop a call by saying it ''can't connect'' and doesn't show my face, its as if I'm in the dark. But I'm not!

2 out of 3 people found this helpful.



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