The latest version of Skype 8.17 for Windows, Mac and Linux is available for download and installation from Microsoft. Get the latest Skype 8.17 offline installer direct download links in this article. The latest version sports a visually colorful design. With the new release, Skype 7.40 or Skype classic development will be ceased by Microsoft. Skype 8.xx is the future way to go for regular users.
Update: Skype 8.20 has been released. Check Skype 8.20 offline installer links here.
Looking for an offline installer for Skype 8.17? Find the latest download links below. While you can get the Skype Classic and switch to the older version of Skype, it is recommended that you should be running Skype 8.17 at the least. Microsoft recommends Skype 12 to be used the Windows app version. It does not come as Windows Desktop setup.
Skype 8.17 features and advantages
Let’s discuss some advantages of Skype 8.17 as compared to Skype Classic
The earlier versions of Skype used to save chat history on the local computer. This meant that if Windows got corrupted, Skype history would be lost. This is not the case now. Skype 8.17 is cloud based and synchronizes chat history with Microsoft servers.
Another advantage of using Skype 8.17 or above is encryption. Like, WhatsApp, Skype also supports end to end encryption but you need to be running Skype 8.14 or higher.
While Microsoft will not offer any updates for Skype Classic and 7.40 is the last released version which will not be supported after some time. So Skype 8.xx or above is the way to go in future.
Checking version and updating Skype
Checking version in Skype 8.xx is different from the earlier release. Follow the steps below to check Skype version installed on your computer.
- Open Skype and sign-in with your Microsoft account
- Click on the display picture at the top left corner of Skype window
Scroll down and select About
Opening the About dialog will automatically trigger Skype to check for latest version. It will automatically start downloading if a new version is available. Alternatively, you can follow our blog to get the latest information when new versions of Skype are released.
Download Skype 126.96.36.199 for Windows Desktop (Stable release)
Download Skype 188.8.131.52 for Windows Desktop (Preview release)
Download Skype for Linux [.DEB] (Debian)
Download Skype for Linux [.RPM] (RPM based distributions)
Troubleshooting Skype 8.17 installation issues
If you are using the latest version of Windows 10 and download Skype 8.17 from the above given links, it will give you the following error when you try to install it:
In this case, we have written an article which will fix this error. Just go through the following article for troubleshooting Skype 8.17 installation issues.
If you encounter any other issues related to Skype, please let us know through comments below.
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