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The Skype Preview app was updated to version, but users won’t notice any significant changes. Microsoft hasn’t even published a change log for it, which means that the update contains only bug fixes and improvements. On the other hand, soon, Windows 8 and 8.1 users will stop receiving updates for this application, and this news was not to their liking, because it somehow forces them to buy devices that run on Windows 10.

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update was awaited by millions of users who couldn’t wait to test out the new features. This major update brought many changes and one of them is the transformation of Skype into a Universal Windows Platform application, which means that it can be installed on desktop PC, tablet or smartphone without any problem. Skype Preview for Windows 10 was built on the new Universal app platform and replaced Skype for Windows and Messaging + Skype on Windows, being included in the list of apps available in Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Its features include: the ability to talk face to face over a free video call, the option to make free voice calls to other Skype users or to make free group video or voice calls with up to 25 people, to create a group chat with up to 300 people and send messages to them, to call mobiles and landlines at low rates, to share photos, files (up to 300MB), screens, and add emoticons and Mojis to chats.

Skype was released in 2003 and it’s the creation of Estonians Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, but the company was founded by Niklas Zennström, from Sweden, and Janus Friis, from Denmark. Being aware of its success, Microsoft has decided to buy Skype Communications in May 2011 for $8.5 billion and the purchase was completed in October 2011. Since then, the application went through many changes, it received new features and its number of active users has increased gradually.