Download Skype for Your ComputerIf you are going to use Skype on your desktop or laptop computer, there is one link you will want to go to – the computer-version Skype download page.
Download Skype for Windows, Mac and LinuxWhen you access the Skype download page, the operating system you are using is automatically detected and it is so smart that you don’t even need to bother about the OS and version you are using. This is true at least for Windows. But if you want to be able to choose, go to the Skype download page where you can choose your version.
The Full Skype Download File vs. The Skype Download LauncherWhen you download and install Skype on your computer from the Skype site, the file you download, which is normally called SkypeSetup.exe (for Windows) is not the full Skype installation program. It is merely a launcher program, around 1 MB of size, that starts the installation process on your computer and as it progresses, more of the program is downloaded in the background and installed.
Now this might be a problem for some people. For instance, people with a slow connection will have to wait a lot for the installation process, and in some cases, the installation can fail. Not having the full install file also prevents you from porting the installation to another machine.
Here are the links for the full Skype download file:
- Skype download for Windows
- Skype download for Mac
- Skype download for Symbian phones
- Skype download for the iPhone and iPad
- Skype download for Windows Mobile