Skype for Desktop Windows, Skype for Mac, Skype voip and IM

Skype is still one of the most popular apps out of the messaging industry and Microsoft has just released a preview version of Skype for Windows desktop that includes some new features and improvements that might make the app even better for consumers.

These include (via) an improved chat experience:

“On Windows, there’s more spacing between contacts and chats, as well as message previews for unread chats, making it even easier to follow conversations.

In addition, when you share file types such as Office documents and PDFs, you’ll see file icons displayed to “make it easier to visually scan for and find different files in your chat history.”

With the new side-by-side UI design, you can more easily multi-task on a voice or video call, which allows you to share messages, photos or files without ever leaving your Skype call.

Free group video calls, which launched this past summer on Windows 8.1 tablets and 2-in-1 devices, also make a debut on Skype for Windows desktop, at least in this preview version.

You can download the new Skype Desktop Preview here (.exe) or the new Mac version here. You can also download the mobile versions here. Share your thoughts on the new and improved Skype experience below.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at