Getting Started with Skype for Windows 8.1
The time has come, Windows 8.1 is here. The much anticipated update to Windows 8 has arrived and with it comes a new version of Skype built especially for Windows 8.1.
In order to get everyone orientated with this new version of Skype, I thought I’d put together a guide on the four main actions in Skype: signing in, adding a contact, sending an instant message and making a call.
Skype for Windows 8 has been around for a while though so different people will have different amounts of experience with it. To make sure you get the information most relevant to you, pick one of these four options:
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I’m experienced with both Skype and Windows 8
Well if you’ve been there, done that and got the t-shirt then there’s no point in telling you how to do the basics. However, you might be interested to know some of the new features of Skype in Windows 8.1.
First off, try using Skype in Windows 8.1 in snap mode. You’ll find that you now have more flexibility with the amount of screen space you devote to Skype. You can drag and resize the snap window to suit your needs.
You should also try out the in-app search feature. On the Skype home screen just start typing to search your contacts or add a new contact from the Skype directory. It’s a quick and easy way to find the contact or conversation you’re looking for.
I’m experienced with Skype, but I’m new to Windows 8
Understood! You know what you can do with Skype, you just need to know how to find it all in Windows 8.1. We can certainly help with that.
You can start Skype by tapping the tile on the Start screen. Here you’ll be asked to link your Microsoft account with your existing Skype account. If you linked the wrong two accounts at this stage you can fix that later with this unlinking guide.
You can add a contact using the in-app search feature. On the Skype home screen just type in your friend’s name. You can get back to Skype home from anywhere in the app by right clicking with your mouse or swiping up from the bottom of your touch screen. Then simply click or tap home in the top left corner. If you have already added them as a contact they will show up in the search results, otherwise you can search for them in the Skype Directory.
Making a call or sending a message is as simple as selecting the contact you want to connect with from the Recent, Favorite or People lists on Skype home.
Also, why not try Skype side-by-side with other apps? Learn more about running two apps at the same time. With Skype in snap view it’s easy to return to the home screen and use in-app search to switch quickly between conversations.
I’m new to Skype, but I’m experienced with Windows 8
Welcome to the party! Skype is great for connecting you to the people that matter most to you. You can use it for video calls, instant messaging, file sharing and more.
When you start Skype for the first time you’ll be asked whether you’re a new or returning user. As a new user, all you need to do is read and accept the Skype Terms and Conditions and then you’ll be signed in to Skype using your Microsoft account.
Next you’ll need some contacts to talk to. Your Microsoft account contact will already be there when you sign in, but you can search for more in the Skype Directory. On the home screen, which can be reached at any point from the app commands, simply start typing your friend’s name to bring up search.
Now you’re ready to get chatting and calling. All you need to do is select a contact from the Skype home screen or using the search charm and start typing. If you’re ready to make a call just tap either the video or audio call buttons below.
I’m new to both Skype and Windows 8
If you’re reading this post then you must be keen to get started and that’s great. It may all seem a bit daunting, but don’t worry we’ve got lots of step by step guides to get you going.
First off, you’ll need to know how to find your way around Windows 8.1. For that, there’s a really helpful guide to get you started with touch screen or mouse controls.
Once you feel comfortable in Windows, tap the Skype tile on your Start screen. Your first step will be to sign in to Skype with the Microsoft account you use to log in to your Windows 8 computer. Here’s a guide to signing in to Skype to help you through that process.
Next up you’re going to want to add some contacts to talk to on Skype. We’ve got a helpful video in this guide to adding contacts to help you out with that.
Now all that’s left to do is get chatting and calling with your Skype contacts. You won’t be surprised to hear that we have guides on sending an instant message and making a call to help you do just that.
If you’re still having any difficulty at all with Skype after all that, please come let us know in the Skype Community. You’ll find experienced users there who are keen to help.