A preview version of Microsoft’s Universal Skype Messaging app for Windows 10 is available to Windows 10 Mobile Insider testers from the Windows Store.
(Thanks to @teroalhonen for the link to the new Universal Skype app betas.)
- Integrated conversation history between Skype messaging and SMS
- Integrated conversation history between Skype calls and phone calls
- Audio calling
- Video calling
- Sign in with your Microsoft account
In June 2015, Microsoft officials announced plans to discontinue the Modern version of Skype for most Windows devices (with the exception of Windows RT ones) as of July 7. While Microsoft is continuing to offer the integrated Desktop version of Skype, the company is building new Universal Skype applications for messaging, calling and video for Windows 10.
How to run Skype on a Chromebook
No, Chromebooks can’t yet run Skype natively. A Google tool to package Android apps for Chrome OS, however, is a handy workaround for Skype on your Chromebook.
“The Universal Messaging, Phone and Video apps on Windows 10 with Skype built in will run across phone, tablets and desktops,” Microsoft officials told me back in June. Microsoft is planning to build these apps right into the Windows 10 platform, and them available to all Windows 10 users in a future update to the operating system, officials said.
Microsoft released the most recent Windows 10 Mobile test version, Build 10512, on August 18.