Skype Preview for iOS is Available to a Limited Audience

Posted on February 17, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android, iOS, Skype with 5 Comments

Skype Preview for iOS is Available to a Limited Audience

Yesterday, I reported that the first Skype Preview build was available on Android. Well, it’s available on iOS too, but in a far more limited fashion.

As you may recall, Microsoft provides various Insider programs—for Windows, Office, Xbox, and Skype, and probably others—that provide enthusiasts and other interested parties with early access to new software versions. Skype does this through its Skype Insider program, but the way you get early access to various Skype clients varies by platform.

On Windows, for example, you must join the Windows Insider Program to get Skype Preview. That’s because Skype Preview—which will one day simply be called Skype, of course—ships withWindows 10. It’s part of the platform.

On Android, you can simply download Skype Preview from the Google Play Store, as I noted yesterday in Microsoft Issues First Skype Preview Build on Android But you don’t actually need to join Skype Insider. It’s publicly available.

On iOS, things are different yet again: In this case, Skype Preview is available in limited capacity through Apple’s TestFlight program. So Microsoft is asking users to register for Skype Insider for iOS to get access to the build. You do this on the web, at this link.

What this means, of course, is that not everyone will get in, at least not immediately. But you can expect Skype Preview for iOS to open up to more users over time if you don’t get in immediately. (As I did not.)

 

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6 responses to “Skype Preview for iOS is Available to a Limited Audience”

  1. redstar92

    Paul to be fair , that iOS limitation is TestFlight based (only 2000 users can be on a beta program).  Not much MSFT can do about it.  App is cool and fast.  Wish the message preview in notification worked.

  2. poit57

    "On Windows, for example, you must join the Windows Insider Program to get Skype Preview. That’s because Skype Preview—which will one day simply be called Skype, of course—ships withWindows 10. It’s part of the platform."


    Am I misunderstanding this statement? I'm pretty sure there is no Windows Insider requirement for the Skype Preview. I had previously signed up for the program, but I'm using the latest public release of Windows 10 on both PC and mobile. I just did a reset on a Windows phone this week running Windows 10, and the original Skype app was automatically updated to "Skype Preview." That is the only version of the Skype app currently available in the Windows 10 store.


    I was just wondering why it still called "preview" when the UWP app has been available for Windows 10 PC and mobile since last June.

  3. F4IL

    What i find sad (to this day), is how major msft applications (like skype), follow the same old - monolithic - inflexible design of the OS. On modern systems, you can simply opt-in the preview channel for a particular application, not download and install 3GiB of an entire OS that is in beta and carries the potential of trashing the entire system, in order to test one app.

    I apologize for the rant, but observations like this:

    "of course—ships withWindows 10. It’s part of the platform." ...drive me up the wall.

    It's like we're in 2004, talking about Windows XP.

  4. zijici

    The app is cool and fast. I hope they will bring the full version soon. For cool apps that are not available on app store, you can install tutu helper app on your iPhone/iPad to get them.

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