The latest version of Skype 8.20 for Windows, Mac and Linux is available for download and installation from Microsoft. Get the latest Skype 8.20 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.
Looking for an offline installer for Skype 8.20? 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 8.20 at the least. Microsoft recommends Skype 12 to be used which is the Windows app version. It does not come as Windows Desktop setup. Skype 12 comes pre-installed in Windows 10 but not everyone is comfortable using the Windows app as compared to the Desktop app. That’s why users prefer Skype 8 Desktop app over Skype 12 Windows app.
Skype 8.20 features and advantages
Let’s discuss some advantages of Skype 8.20 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 8.20 is cloud based and synchronizes chat history with Microsoft servers.
Another advantage of using Skype 8.20 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 7.41 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.
Interestingly, the change log page of Skype from Microsoft seems to be abandoned. Microsoft shows the latest release as Skype 7.4. Here’s the list of change log points that I have found out for Skype 8.20:
Support for Android call intents – tapping on any phone number in your browser (or other apps) will now give you an option to make the call with Skype using Skype Credit.
Stability and reliability improvements.
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.