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Skype for Desktop vs Skype Modern App

  1. #11


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Don't know - I use a microsoft account. Apparently not though...

    sign in to skype without using a microsoft account - Skype Community
    It is totally possible to use Skype when signed in to Windows 8 or later using a local account. See tutorial: Skype App - Use with Local Account in Windows 8
    It was your tutorial that initially led to my question. However, it wasn't a case of whether you can use the Skype app with a local account, but whether you can set it to automatically run in the background as well, so you can receive calls, messages, etc. whenever your computer is on and also people know when you're online.

    With the desktop version it seems you can set it to automatically run in the background so it's always running when you start your computer, but looking around it appears it's not possible to do this with the Skype app?

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  2. #12


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    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slartybart View Post
    There are two flavors of many applications - Desktop and Tile (it hasn't been called metro for a while and I don't knw what to call it, so Tile works for me )
    The apps are called Modern or Store Apps.

    Kari
    Thanks Kari, I'll start using Modern. I actually came across that reference while reading up - too lazy to edit my post.

    Bill
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  3. #13


    To be frank, I tried Metro Skype as soon as I started using full Win8.. after few betas and RC. As I use Skype many years and have it's own account (before MS took over). First it would not connect and insisted on making new account, somehow got it working and had troubles with sound and camera. So I installed desktop version and that one would not work properly until I uninstalled Metro version. After that I didn't even try it any more. When somthing is trouble, get better thing and moove on, no use fighting loosing battles. I use another 2 programs for VOIP so all is good without insisting on something else.
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  4. #14


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Don't know - I use a microsoft account. Apparently not though...
    It is totally possible to use Skype when signed in to Windows 8 or later using a local account. See tutorial: Skype App - Use with Local Account in Windows 8
    It was your tutorial that initially led to my question. However, it wasn't a case of whether you can use the Skype app with a local account, but whether you can set it to automatically run in the background as well, so you can receive calls, messages, etc. whenever your computer is on and also people know when you're online.

    With the desktop version it seems you can set it to automatically run in the background so it's always running when you start your computer, but looking around it appears it's not possible to do this with the Skype app?
    The Skype App works in the background by default. You don't have to do anything else than set it up once.

    Here's an example:

    My Skype App is set up, it's using the Skype account associated with my Windows 8.1 sign in Microsoft Account. I have not launched it, nor have I set it to run when I sign in to Windows. It runs as a background app by default.

    I have also the Skype Desktop app on and running, using another Skype account. I of course do not normally use two accounts to call to myself but with this, two accounts simultaneously online, I can show you how the Skype App works.

    So, although the Skype app is not even running, when a call comes you can hear the Windows notification tone and see this:

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    Chat messages, too give a notification alarm tone and can be seen at top right:

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    If you have been away from your PC some time it's a good idea to check the Skype App itself for any messages and / or calls while you were away; the notification will only be visible a few seconds and you have no indicators in notification area that you have unanswered / unseen Skype calls or messages.

    Kari
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  5. #15


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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    The only issue I had was that the store app would continue to ring if you answered the desktop app (both using the same account). This was fixed some time last year though.
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  6. #16


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    To be frank, I tried Metro Skype as soon as I started using full Win8.. after few betas and RC. As I use Skype many years and have it's own account (before MS took over). First it would not connect and insisted on making new account, somehow got it working and had troubles with sound and camera. So I installed desktop version and that one would not work properly until I uninstalled Metro version. After that I didn't even try it any more. When somthing is trouble, get better thing and moove on, no use fighting loosing battles. I use another 2 programs for VOIP so all is good without insisting on something else.
    Let me just check I got you right: Back in Windows 8 (we are now in 8.1 Update 1), you thought that your Skype desktop app did not work properly because of Skype Modern App, so you uninstalled the latter.

    And based on that onetime experience, you tell the OP it "interferes with desktop version if both are installed", as a fact, not "in my opinion it interferes" or "I think it can interfere" but really as a proven fact.

    OP, two different Skype apps do not interfere with each other. You can use them simultaneously, both signed in to the same Skypoe account or like I use them, both signed in to different Skype accounts.

    Kari
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  7. #17


    Posts : 446
    Win 8 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post


    It is totally possible to use Skype when signed in to Windows 8 or later using a local account. See tutorial: Skype App - Use with Local Account in Windows 8
    It was your tutorial that initially led to my question. However, it wasn't a case of whether you can use the Skype app with a local account, but whether you can set it to automatically run in the background as well, so you can receive calls, messages, etc. whenever your computer is on and also people know when you're online.

    With the desktop version it seems you can set it to automatically run in the background so it's always running when you start your computer, but looking around it appears it's not possible to do this with the Skype app?
    <snip>

    So, although the Skype app is not even running, when a call comes you can hear the Windows notification tone and see this:

    Click image for larger version

    Ah, that was the bit I wasn't sure about because I was thinking without the Skype app running it wouldn't be able to receive calls/messages or show that you're online. So presumably it must do it through some host process in the background, instead of directly through the Skype app?
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  8. #18


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Yes. Only thing you have to do is to set it up once. Launch it, go through the very short and simple setup process and forget it. I included my Taskbar in the screenshots so that you can see the Skype app is not running yet I am able to receive calls and chats. In 8.1 Update 1 it would be shown in Taskbar if running:

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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    To be frank, I tried Metro Skype as soon as I started using full Win8.. after few betas and RC. As I use Skype many years and have it's own account (before MS took over). First it would not connect and insisted on making new account, somehow got it working and had troubles with sound and camera. So I installed desktop version and that one would not work properly until I uninstalled Metro version. After that I didn't even try it any more. When somthing is trouble, get better thing and moove on, no use fighting loosing battles. I use another 2 programs for VOIP so all is good without insisting on something else.
    Let me just check I got you right: Back in Windows 8 (we are now in 8.1 Update 1), you thought that your Skype desktop app did not work properly because of Skype Modern App, so you uninstalled the latter.

    And based on that onetime experience, you tell the OP it "interferes with desktop version if both are installed", as a fact, not "in my opinion it interferes" or "I think it can interfere" but really as a proven fact.

    OP, two different Skype apps do not interfere with each other. You can use them simultaneously, both signed in to the same Skypoe account or like I use them, both signed in to different Skype accounts.

    Kari
    First, it was not "one time experience" tried to make it work few days and only after I urgently needed it I installed desktop version and when even that one wouldn't work properly, changing few versions etc. I uninstalled Metro one. Desktop version worked fine after that. Heard of few complaints about newest desktop versions would not work so I worked up to newest one and none of them gave me any grief, so it will stay like that. Have no will to experiment with Metro version any more. They can keep it. At no time I had any of them start automatically or tried both at same time.
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  10. #20


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    Windows 8.1


    I need help setting up my Skype desktop account (xyz username and password) I used on an old computer with Windows Vista, to my new computer with Windows 8.1. I prefer the layout of the desktop version and secondly all my business connections are associated with that account. My new Skype app account is set up through Microsoft on Windows 8.1 under my NEW name, USER ID AND PASSWORD.

    THANKS,

    DJEHUTY
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