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Types of Skype versions for Windows

Apparently, with the release of Skype 8 for Windows some users get confused definitively, because now there are three different “major versions” of Skype for Windows. In order not to answer the same questions in the comments, I decided to write a short note about what types of Skype versions are available for Windows and how they differ.

Version Description Do you like
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Skype for Web (Skype 1)
Like the new Skype, this version is available not only on Windows, but also on other operating systems. However, unlike the new Skype, Skype for the Web does not need to be installed, since it works directly from the browser. Despite this, this version supports all the basic functions of Skype, including instant messages, file transfer, video calls, audio calls and others.
  Interface of the Skype for Web    Settings of the Skype for Web  

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Skype for UWP (Skype 12)
The version is only available in the Microsoft Store and is only supported on Windows 10 and Windows Mobile 10. As for functionality and design, the version is similar to Skype 8, but offers fewer features and settings.
  Interface of the Skype for UWP    Settings of the Skype for UWP  

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New Skype (Skype 8)
Officially supported only on Windows 7 and Windows 8 (if you want, you can install on Windows 10). The new Skype is developed on the basis of the Electron framework, due to which, on the one hand, the application is available on Windows, Linux and macOS, but on the other hand it consumes more system resources than native applications.
  Interface of the New Skype    Settings of the New Skype  

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Classic Skype (Skype 7)
It is officially supported on all popular operating systems of the Windows family (that is, from Windows XP to Windows 10). Unlike the new Skype and Skype for UWP, the classic Skype offers a wide range of features and settings. Nevertheless, the developers prefer to promote the new Skype and, it seems, this version will replace the classic Skype.
  Interface of the Classic Skype    Settings of the Classic Skype  

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Please vote for your favorite versions and leave reviews in the comments (just do not forget to specify the operating system and version of Skype). I do not know how to others, but I’m curious to find out which version is preferred by blog visitors. So, ladies and gentlemen, place your bet.

1 comment

  1. 2 +2 0
    George (karma: +27),
    There's hardly a need to indicate which is the favourite version. What's incredible here is how software developers -especially so-called "major" ones- tend to destroy good software over time, instead of improving it.

    I don't dare imagine what a future "Skype 9" or "Skype 10" might look like. If it ever gets there...

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