Skype for Windows 8 updated, finally brings file support

Skype Update for Windows 8

Nothing puts a smile on our faces like an update and today’s winner is Skype… for Windows 8. Yeah we’d like to see a little more effort from the Skype team with the Windows Phone version, but it’s great to see Windows 8 get some love too. What’s new you ask? Read on and find out.

Skype for Windows 8 gets bumped to and brings with it some welcomed features. Nothing ground breaking or earth shattering, but it’s bringing parity to the features Skype users have been accustomed to for some time. Like

  • The ability to send and receive files
  • Performance improvements
  • General fixes

Performance improvements and general fixes are things you won’t really notice consciously while using the app, but finally being able to send and receive files is great. If you’re running Skype on an RT device like the Surface RT, the inability to do that probably drove you mad. No more!

You can download or update Skype for Windows 8 by grabbing it in the Windows Store. And if you’re curious what file I sent to Daniel in our Skype chat above you can see that here.

Thanks for the tip theefman!



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exyaster says:

Good to see Skype updates... Waitin' on WP8.

LazySunday says:

Big time waiting for Skype on WP8

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mccasive says:

Where is screen sharing?

Looking at the WPCentral lock screen notification, good work jay!

I saw the double wide tile notification myself. Looks great.

cadeross says:

Windows 7.8? Don't abandon this stuff

Faragondk says:

This is a Windows 8 update, nothing to do with Windows Phone unfortunately.

tgr42 says:

Too late, they abandoned WP7 a while ago.

220SeaChaser says:

I have to agree. Didn't believe it myself until I went from a Focus w/7.8 to an 8X yesterday. What a world of difference!

jonchai says:

When will WP version be out of beta?

sdreamer says:

Hoping we can at least get a WP 7.x with IM in the background at the very least, or just an update to the OS to make messaging go through Skype formally. I'm pretty sure this shouldn't be difficult on the back because Skype's IM moved from Skype to the WLM backend.

VirusFM says:

Skype: dead to me.

It seems as of you're ever so slightly confused. It's Windows Live Messenger that is dead not Skype. :)

thaman04 says:

This is great for now... but it still needs:
- Instant Picture/Video sharing
- Screen sharing
- The clean emoticans from WP8/Windows 8/Outlook.com to keep consistancy
- Automatic Contact linking and auto-integration with Microsoft Account connected services (such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
Then it'll be a valid replacement for WLM.  But for now, still sticking with WLM.   I'm hoping they'll do something drastic and integrate these before cutting service to WLM off... but I highly doubt it knowing that they wait until it's too late usually.  :(

If your talking about what I'm thinking....getting any of my contacts onto Skype, is a nightmare.

CreepinJesus says:

Just link your Skype account to your Microsoft account > bosh. All you have to do then is merge any that weren't automatically merged (if their names are very different, for example) and you're good to go.

Thanks for the tip. I'll try that when I get home.

gamepop says:

It seems fast to load as well...

useme2useyou says:

No direct link from here but when go into the store, it doesn't have the update. Maybe it'll come later today...

When I read the headline, I thought it was news about windows phone. :( I caught 'windows' and '8' and started jumping in joy. Oh well!

useme2useyou says:

Oops, realise its for windows 8 NOT windows phone 8... Lol. Easy confusion ;-)

Lerosbeef says:

Thanks for the heads-up, I had to force look for updates.

v4nandu says:

I am using Skype on Ubuntu.... I have screen sharing on it...

CaptDjob says:

Ummm, so what?

He means if Ubuntu has it, windows 8 should.

Narr says:

This update also applies to Windows RT.

Windows RT is still considered Windows 8. There's Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 Pro.

tgr42 says:

No, you're wrong.  There's Windows RT, Windows 8, and Windows 8 Pro.  Windows RT is NOT Windows 8.

maghedo says:

Ok so....not saying I don't like these posts. I am a windows phone user but is it me or is this site really a "windows central" site more than a windows phone site? Just saying....

Tafsern says:

I can't hurt with some Windows news now and then. It's weekend, cheer up! 

.... I appreciate some "other windows" related news

WinFan1 says:

imore covers iphones ipads ipods, android central covers android phones and tablets, crackberry covers phones and playbooks, webos covered smartphones and tablets, wpcentral covers windows phones windows RT Tablets, Windows 8 pro hybrids, and other ms products they're not windows phones only bro.

xrs22 says:

Liked tango better in my opinion.

Sadly tango won't support windows phone 8 or Windows 8.

KasakDesign says:

The fact that it's taking so long pissed me off to the point where I downloaded the windows 7 version. Still beats the windows 8 version by a long shot.

AceOfClubs says:

Have they added Voice mail yet?  
I had to uninstall it, and install the desktop version because the windows 8 version did not support voice mail

ihavewp8 says:

Anyone here using tango? I still use it

220SeaChaser says:

Just got a WP8 yesterday and can't find Tango in the store.

WinFan1 says:

There is no tango.

Awaiting for a huge update for WP8

treetownal says:

Several more updates to Android and iPhone presumably before we WP8 users get the functionality they had in 2012?  

AceOfClubs says:

this is a huge reason I am, unless something crazy comes out at MWC,  going to be switching to either an iPhone or maybe Galaxy Note.  When Microsoft does not even put its platform/devices first, that isjust fustrating.  Currently use a HTC Arrive(Sprint).
Anyone know how battery life using skype(running in background) compares in say a 920 vs iPhone5, vs say a galaxy note 2 or GalaxyS3?

hbjoroy says:

Noticed my 9year old is now able to use Skype, she,was blocked due to age policies last time we tried the app, this is very good!

goldenpipes says:

Wonder if it can use my non windows 8 compatible camera?

Yakko Warner says:

The reason I still use the desktop app is because, for some reason, Windows 8 doesn't recognize my laptop's camera as a legitimate camera for RT apps, while the desktop version uses it fine.

Jason Mok says:

still no share desktop? this is 2 steps back as compared to skype for desktop.