Skype Preview app available to Windows 10 Anniversary Update users

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

If you’re a Windows Insider user who also loves to use Skype, then chances are you have taken full advantage of the Skype Preview UWP app. Now, you won’t be among the special few who get to use this app anymore because Microsoft finally made it available to everyone as long as they are running the Anniversary Update.

The app is automatically installed with the Anniversary Update, so just locate it in the app list and give it a test drive. The app, from our point of view, supports most normal Skype functionality and looks a lot better doing so. Furthermore, the app was designed with touch in mind, so if you’re using a tablet or a touch screen 2-in-1 Windows 10 laptop, you’re covered here.

Users will also receive specific features tailored for Windows 10. For example, it’s possible to reply to a message directly within a message notification, which means Skype Preview doesn’t have to be up and running.

Here’s what Microsoft had to say in a blog post:

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.

The software giant wants your feedback, so once you’ve given it a test run, visit the Skype Community and let the team know what’s up from what’s down.


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