Microsoft Releases Lync And Skype Windows Store App For Windows 8

Microsoft has recently released its two communication apps for Windows 8 in Windows Store for consumers and enterprise customers. The Lync integrates voice & video calls, Lync Meetings, presence and IM in a fast, fluid, easy-to-use app. Features

  • Communicate from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Easily switch between IM, voice, or video or use all at once.
  • Stay connected to your colleagues with real-time status updates, rich presence information and fast and fluid contact list search and management.
  • Join Lync Meetings with a single touch and easily switch between IM, group video, and content views.
  • Stay connected while reducing resource consumption — Lync provides background and connected standby connectivity so you never miss an important conversation.
  • Use Windows search to find and communicate with your colleagues.
  • Snap view — Need to reference another app or website while using Lync? Lync can snap to the side of your screen so you can multi-task and use both apps at the same time.

Download it here.


  • Once you sign in, the app is always on without draining your device’s battery, so you can take calls any time.
  • Exchange instant messages with all your Skype, Messenger and contacts.
  • Call any phone quickly and easily from Skype.
  • All Skype-to-Skype video and voice calls are free.
  • Your messages are delivered straight to you no matter what you’re doing.
  • Snap your IM or video call window left or right so you can do more things while catching up.

 Download it here.

  • Jake Santti

    When will it be available full? I want to install a new desktop with it but I read the full version won’t be available yet. It doesn’t even make sense. How much will it cost?

    • Frank de Boer

      Windows 8 was released today, so you’re in luck ;). It is
      (temporarily) only 29,99€ for a digital purchase and 59,99€ for disc
      purchase (Windows 8 Pro edition). Check or third
      party retailers. :)

      On Topic: Just checked out the Skype app.
      Looks good but for my desktop PC I’ll stay with the regular client :).
      Eager to buy a surface though :P.

      • Jake Santti

        But I mean, that’s the upgrade right? You need previous versions of Windows. Is there a FULL version for a totally new PC

    • Daniel Crumbley
  • Lasp24

    The skype app looks awesome

  • Emi Cyberschreiber

    Skype looks nice but its so useless now… it logs you in with your Microsoft account and i dont’ have my skype with my Microsoft account linked so, i dont have any Skype contacts. and i dont know if they will make it easier to merge them after they make a microsoft “live” skype account. they say you cant unmerge them but what about merge them even after you created your account?
    so i couldn’t use skype as i wanted to. the only way would it be to use Windows 8 without a microsoft account but what would be the point?. i dont have many skype contacts but i dont want to add them again only becasue skype cant make something good from beginning.

    • John Hough

      I logged in with my skype account and it “merged” them.

      • Emi Cyberschreiber

        well it didn’t happen in my case. now its like separated. the problem its always the solution its “make a new account” i havent asked if there is a way to merge them after a microsoft skype account created. but it sucks they cant make it easier, just like with facebook. you link your facebook to skype and you unlink it easily.
        i would have asked skype about it but if they tell me i have to create a new account to merge it, i will say whatever and use desktop version. i wont create a new Microsoft account to link my skype to it because they cant make a nice account system.

  • John Hough

    The Lync app is horrible on a desktop/laptop. Might be decent on a RT tablet, but not on a non-touch screen. There’s no way to choose a different audio device, it defaulted to my computer speakers and mic even though I have a lync certified headset. I had a mysterious floating box on a chat screen with the persons name I was chatting with and no picture… even though there already was a box with her picture. It resizes the picture from AD to a bigger size so it’s blurry. No emoticons. No back button so you have to right click and select the Lync box to go ‘back’. I’ll wait for the 2013 Lync client at least for my work laptop cause this needs a LOT of work to be functional on a desktop/laptop.

  • guesttt999

    Apps are coming to Windows store in fast and furious style!