Chat, call, and video call with Skype

With Skype-to-Skype audio and video calls and chat, you can stay in touch with anyone, on almost any device, pretty much anywhere in the world, for free. Using Skype side-by-side with two or more apps is a great way to stay in touch while browsing the web, listening to music, or playing a game. Skype comes with Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 so you just need to open the app and start using it.

If you want, you can also download Skype for Windows desktop.

Sign in

  1. On Start, tap or click Skype.

  2. Sign in with your Microsoft account and your Messenger friends will be automatically added to your existing list of contacts. If you already have a Skype account, you can merge it with your Microsoft account by following the on-screen instructions.

Add contacts

  1. Swipe in from the bottom edge to see the app commands.
    (If you're using a mouse, right-click within the app.)

  2. Tap or click add contact and search for people by their name, Skype name, or email address. If you can't find the person, tap or click search directory.

  3. Tap or click the person you want to add, tap or click add to contacts and follow the on-screen instructions.


Call and chat

To start a call, tap or click a contact and then tap or click the call Call icon or video call button Video call icon.

To start chatting, tap or click a contact and enter your message in the chat window. To start a group chat, tap or click a person, tap or click the plus button, and then tap or click add participants.

You can also share files, photos, and links with people you're chatting with. Here's how:

  • Files or photos—tap or click the plus button, tap or click send files, browse to your file or photo and tap or click Send.

  • Links—copy and paste the URL into the chat window.


  • You can also chat with your friends on Skype while doing other things like surfing the web, listening to music, or playing games by using two or more apps side-by-side. To learn how, see Getting around your PC.

  • You can get in touch with a Skype contact from the People app too. Tap or click a contact's name and then choose if you want to chat, call, or start a video call with them.

  • When you pin someone to Start, you can tap or click their picture to video call, chat with, or SMS them using Skype.

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