Skype now available from Microsoft Windows Update

Well I suppose we knew it was coming…

Skype is now available on Windows via the Microsoft Windows Update service.

If you don’t know what Skype is then where have you been living?! ­čÖé

Skype is a “telephone” for your computer where you can call people around the world for free (computer to computer calls) or very low cost (computer to overseas and home landlines). Also if your computer has a WebCam then you can make┬ávideo calls. We have used it for international interviews which saves a lot of time and money in flights. But unfortunately you can not guarantee that the quality will be good – especially calling overseas and low quality broadband.

Skype was first released in 2003 and has been sold and bought several times, but Microsoft finally bought Skype in 2011 and they have slowly made it worse/better (*delete as appropriate according to your experience).

Now Skype for Windows Desktop can be installed and updated from Microsoft’s own Windows Update service. ┬áWindows Update is a great service that keeps your Windows computer up-to-date with the latest security fixes and patches. It also can deliver new features – like – Skype.

Windows Update is included in Control Panel, but you can also launch it from your Start Menu.

Windows 7
Click the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Update

Windows 8
From the Tiles screen just start typing Windows Update

Once Windows Update is running – click on Optional Updates in the centre of the screen and then you should see Skype for Windows Desktop ready to install. Tick the box next to the software you want to install and click OK. Then click Install updates. Your computer will download the updates – this may take a while and may need a reboot at the end.