Calling other people on Skype is free so you can talk whenever you want to – not just on special occasions. Call to check in with mum when you’re travelling, give your partner a goodnight kiss via video call when they’re away on business, or use it for your regular calls and catch ups. And, if you know people who don’t use Skype you can call them too at really low rates.

It’s easy and it’s free to download.

New in this version

Skype Access – access WiFi hotspots the easy way with your Skype Credit.

Call transfer – transfer calls to a Skype contact or a mobile or landline.

Updated call quality guide with pre-call soundcheck.

Bug fixes.

See the full set of release notes

Main features

Free Skype-to-Skype calls. Call phones and mobiles, send SMS. Free instant messaging. Voicemail. Free video calls. Forward calls to a phone when you’re offline.

Skype-to-Skype calls, video calls and instant messaging are free, any time of the day or night, anywhere in the world. Call phones and mobiles and send SMS messages at great value Pay As You Go rates, or call unlimited* to certain countries with a subscription.

Download now Skype 4.2 for Windows

We want your feedback

Visit our feedback page to tell us what you think of the new version. Or you can respond to one of our user surveys, or add a comment to our blog. We really appreciate you taking the time to tell us what you like and what you don’t so we can keep making Skype better.

System requirements

PC running Windows® 2000, XP, Vista or 7. (Windows 2000 users require DirectX 9.0 for video calls).

Internet connection – broadband is best (GPRS is not supported for voice calls).

Speakers and microphone – built-in or separate.

For voice and video calls we recommend a computer with at least a 1GHz processor, 256 MB RAM and of course a webcam.

For High Quality Video calls you will need a high quality video webcam and software, a dual-core processor computer and a fast broadband connection (384 kbps).

Technical details

Version File size 22 MB. Official release. Release date: March 10, 2010. File name: SkypeSetup.exe

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* A fair usage policy applies. Excludes service, special, premium and non-geographic numbers.