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Skype Desktop Version Allows you to Multitask in Windows 8.1 just Like Windows 7

Posted in Windows6 years ago

The users of Windows 8.1 will be surprised to know that there is a desktop version of Skype that can be used as they were using the Skype app earlier in other versions of Windows. Although Microsoft has introduced the Skype as a default application in Windows 8.1 and the users do not need to download and install this application from websites, but some users are not satisfied with the default application Skype and they still want to use this application in the Desktop app mode. So, here is an easy way to get this version for such users.

It takes only a few minutes to download and install it and you do not need to spend much of your time on the entire process. So, let’s start the process now.

Steps to Download and Install Skype for Desktop in Windows 8.1

Step 1: Click here to download the “Desktop version of Skype” you are looking for.

Step 2: Once you have downloaded the “.exe” file of “Skype”, you need to double-click the file to begin the process of installation. It will show you a few steps including your consent to install the application. Once you click install, the system will start the installation of “Skype” for you.

skype setup

Installing skypeStep 3: The installation completes in a couple of moments and you will see the “Skype” icon appearing on your desktop. You will also see the usual window of “Skype” on your screen. You cannot only Sign-in by using a Skype ID, but also can log in by using your Microsoft ID.

skype sign-in

Multitask with Skype for DesktopAdd Skype for Desktop to Start Screen

Now you need to add the “desktop version Skype” to the “Start Screen” for your convenience. You just need to go into the “Apps Section” where you will see “Skype” icon. Right-click on it to show the options at the bottom of your screen. You will see “Pin to Start” in the options appearing at the bottom.

pin skype to startOnce you select this option, Skype will appear in the “Start Screen”. Now you can easily use it from your desktop and the Start Screen as well. You just need to sign in and start calling your friends and loved ones. You can adjust the settings for “show the Camera” in On and Off modes by opening “Change the PC Settings” in the Charms Bar.

skype pinned to start screen


4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. sdfsdf December 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    not working

    • maddy December 18, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      Working for me and others too. Can you please explain your issue in detail?

  2. Sarah Sever (Särah) January 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    helpful. Thx! I did not know I had the option to turn off the webcam access to all my apps.

  3. Bernard March 6, 2014 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I do not have sound playback on my Skype
    The programme tells me that I have a problem with my
    audio settings Where do I find these settings???? Many thanks

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