Skype for Windows 8 downloads going live?

It appears that download links for Skype for Windows 8 are now rolling out in the Windows Store. While the Skype icon has been available for a few hours in the Store, it was not possible to download the application.

That appears to have changed as we have been getting tips that the download is now live for some users. So far, the UK has reported working download links but we have also heard from individuals in the same demographic that the link is still down.

Seeing as we have been sent screenshots from our tipster, it looks like the download is working for some users. If you do happen to try and download the app, let us know in the comments below your location and if it is, or is not, working.

Our tipster let us know that he too did get the app not available at first but being persistent, the download eventually did start.

Thanks for the tip Elmer.Fdz

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The download is live with the Bulgarian locale of the Store. I'm running Windows 8 Enterprise x86. It's a rough start, but with the rapid development rate of the Metro apps, I guess all the missing features will be added sooner or later. If not the new beta version 5.11 supports the new skin of Windows 8 and it's stable enough.

why not? You're trying to download something from an app store that's not officially gone live yet, as is the OS you're running.
MS is filling the store for release, why should you be able to download anything before launch..

It needs a LOT of work.Many features missing and functionality is not good.For example:
1.Why only online & invisible statuses?
2. I can have a video playing when i snap any video related app but when i snap Skype i cant have my contact list???

I can't seem to be able to use video calling, in the options its listed there, but i can't test it, only the speakers and mic. When I tried it during a call there's no option to turn the cam like in the desktop app.

I retract my words about Metro Apps, or atleast about this one, it's really great, add 10 more killer apps like this and I can buy RT version too.

I can't find it in my store (US). What category is it in? I figured it would be Social, or Lifestyle. But it's in neither.

Another app that really is taking this non discoverability stuff into their own hands, is Hulu Plus. They put a magnifying glass up in the corner of the screen and when you click, it envokes the charms bar. App makers can really take a lot of this stuff into their own hands here. Well done.

This app makes the best case I have seen yet to drive people to using Metro interface. The difference between the interfaces of desktop and metro skype is startling. My Mom is going to LOVE this.

Konstantine said,
I can't unlink my email with Skype now... Wtf Microsoft??

not sure if skype is listed yet, but at Microsoft Accounts you are able to unlink with facebook/linkedin and such. Maybe skype too now.

Go to Store, then to charms and click search. The Search charm thing depends on the app. Eg, if you're in Store, it will search the store. if you're in email, it will search emails and so on.

Great, Thanks

Konstantine said,
Go to Store, then to charms and click search. The Search charm thing depends on the app. Eg, if you're in Store, it will search the store. if you're in email, it will search emails and so on.

Drossel said,
This app is useless if you snap it. Well done. /s

Agree partially, you need to open larger to start a chat or call but once started you can snap and do other stuff. Its not like while your looking for a contact you need other stuff open as well is it.

Can anyone confirm group chat? Otherwise it's useless to me. Google needs to start taking advantage of these opportunities to push their Hangouts...

KSib said,
Can anyone confirm group chat? Otherwise it's useless to me. Google needs to start taking advantage of these opportunities to push their Hangouts...

Open the first Contact, then click " +" to add others participants

I just install from App Store.
1st step ask for Microsoft account, second, Skype ID and password, then merge both account so i can use m$ft account to login into Skype, at the end, the behaviour to run in background ...

Location : Dakar - SN

I clicked the desktop Skype and checked for updates and a new update is available. I have Windows 8 RTM.

I can see a skype app for Modern UI but it says the download is unavailable.

I like it although it does need some work. I can't find a way to view the contact list/recent chats while it's in docked mode only when it's the main app. It also has a strange way of stacking open chats making the back button full of surprised.

But for the first version I'm impressed.

jamesisdaman said,
Is it just me or does it not give you notifications when you are in desktop mode??

I just got a notification in desktop mode - ironically enough informing me that someone was trying to send me a file, which the Metro Skype apparently does not support yet...

Drewidian said,
This will be great snapped to the side with the new Teamviewer App. Its going to make support easy with WinRT devices.
Yep. The snapping will also give space to other windows programs on the desktop. This is what I saw the potential of as soon as Win8 was announced

duddit2 said,
I see it in the store, but when I click I get a 'sorry this app is no longer available' message

Same, and i'm in the UK.

duddit2 said,
I see it in the store, but when I click I get a 'sorry this app is no longer available' message

Same here also in the UK.

Livin in a box said,
I've got it installed and running and I'm in the UK

It's decided to work now. It shouldn't have appeared on the store if not going to work for everyone.