As of 2023, there are two distinct desktop builds of Skype available for Windows PC users. The first one is a standalone version called Skype 8 (latest version-184.108.40.206), which is designed to be compatible with Windows 7 and all later versions. The second one is an exclusive build known as Skype 15 (latest version-15.102.3211.0), which is only available through the Microsoft Store and is specifically designed for use with Windows 10 and 11.
Skype 8 introduces a sleek and lightweight design, minimising resource consumption. Additionally, new features are now universally accessible across all operating systems supported by the app. Microsoft has retired Skype Classic, requiring all users to upgrade to Skype 8 to maintain uninterrupted access to the service.
How to download Skype for Windows (8.102)
This article was originally written when Microsoft only offered an online installer for Skype, which forced customers to depend on the Windows store for downloading and installing updates. To support users who were seeking Skype offline installer, we offered a solution on our website. However, the company has since altered its approach, and Skype can now be downloaded as a complete installer directly from the Microsoft website by anyone.
Click one of the following links or type in that URL on your browser’s address bar to download the Skype offline installer directly from Microsoft. We provide links to both stable and beta versions of Skype, and these links always get you the latest edition of Skype for Windows regardless of the version number we have mentioned below.
How to download Skype 15 Offline Installer (Microsoft Store)
Skype for desktop 8.102 and the Microsoft Store version of the Skype app for Windows 15.95 are similar in many ways. Although the latter is intended for use on Windows 10 and 11 PCs and tablets, users must log in to the Store to get it.
If, however, you wish to obtain an offline installer for the Skype Windows Store app, you may follow the instructions below to download (Appx/AppxBundle/Msixbundle) the required files from Microsoft’s servers. You may use this installer to install Skype on several Windows 11 PCs without having to log in to the Windows Store.
- Get the official Microsoft Store link for the Skype app
Click on this link to open the Skype app listing in Windows Store. Now copy the URL to the listing from the browser.
- Extract the download link for Skype appxbundle/msixbundle file using a third-party website.
Now open this website and paste the Skype’s App Store link on the box as shown in the image. Then select the Retail channel and press the tick button.
- Find the Skype app’s full offline installer file and download it
It’s a bit tricky to find the download link for Skype 15.94.428.0 from the file list. It should start with Microsoft.SkypeApp and ends with an extension something like .appxbundle or .msixbundle.
- Download Skype 15 for Windows 10/11 without Microsoft Store.
Once you find the web link for the latest version of the Skype 15 app, right-click on that link and use a download manager like IDM to save it to your Windows PC or tablet.
After download, you can double-click on the file to install Skype as usual. Since it is an offline installer of Skype 15 for Windows, you can transfer it to any Windows 11/Windows 10 PC and proceed without app store access.
Download Skype 8 portable for Windows
In certain schools and colleges, the use of Skype and other social media platforms is prohibited. As a result, network administrators impose restrictions that prohibit the installation of additional software on institutional-owned systems. If the desktop version of Skype is prohibited by the system administrator, Skype for the web can be used as a substitute.
If even Skype for the web is blocked, consider downloading Skype portable. This is a third-party-developed offline version of Skype for Windows that has been modified to simplify the installation process. It comes as an archive that includes Skype files, and you can open and run it by clicking on the Skype icon within the extracted Skype portable folder, without the need for installation.
Download Skype MSI (8.102) for Windows
The MSI edition of Skype 8 is a complete, standalone version of the application that is typically utilized by network administrators. Microsoft did not initially release the .msi version of Skype 8 when they announced the software to replace Skype Classic. However, with the official release of the Skype MSI Installer, it is now easy for administrators to install, repair, and update Skype on a network of computers that fall under their control.
Unless you are responsible for overseeing numerous systems that run Skype, the MSI version of the installer generally makes no difference.
Download Skype Classic for Windows
Skype Classic, the previous edition of Skype is no longer supported by Microsoft, the download link has also been removed from the official website. Microsoft has disabled all means to login to Skype Classic- so now its worthless to download the application on Windows platform.
However, if you are interested, you may visit our page discussing old classic version of the Skype.
Download Skype for Business Windows (32-bit or 64-bit)
Sign in to the Microsoft online portal with your Office 365 business account to download the Skype version you need. As shown in the screenshot, you can download Skype for Business 2015 or the basic edition for Office 365. Skype for Business is available for both 64-bit and 32-bit Windows editions.
There isn’t any major release for this app in 2023 as Microsoft is migrating all its features to the Teams app, which would eventually replace Skype for Enterprise. It is possible to download and upgrade to MS Teams right now by logging into the Office portal, but it is not easy to go back and downgrade if you proceed.
How to download Skype installer- FAQs
You can refer the official changelog portal to read what’s new in Skype 8/15 for Windows.
If you cannot download or sign in to the Microsoft store for some reason, you can download the offline installer listed above. It doesn’t require logging into the Windows Store for installation.
Unfortunately, you can’t download Skype for Windows in the 64-bit format as Microsoft doesn’t provide that installer. Upgrade to MS Teams if your requirement is large-scale video calls that need higher memory resources.
There is a specific page on the Microsoft website for downloading Skype for Business 2015 basic version. Sign in to Microsoft online or the Office admin website (mentioned above) for other variants.
Skype Classic is officially dead- you can’t download it from Microsoft nor use it on any Windows platform.
You can differentiate the Skype app from the desktop build 8.102 by its version number 15.102.3211.0 given in the Skype Settings> Help & feedback. You will also find some advanced options for Skype in the Apps tab of the Windows Settings if it is the Microsoft Store version.
Depending on the installation route, you can update Skype for Windows from the Store or manually from Skype for the desktop app. Open Windows Store> Library and click on Get updates. In the desktop version, take the Help & Feedback tab in settings, and the application itself will check for new versions.