Skype App for Windows 8, 10 Gets Sign-Out Improvements

By: Radu Tyrsina
3 minute read

There aren’t too many who prefer the touch version of Skype for Windows 8, because it’s just too different from the desktop version. One of the annoyances was represented by problems during sign-out. Now an update has been released which takes care of things.
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The touch version of Skype for Windows 8 is one of the most updated apps, since it’s also one of the most used ones. The most recent updates that it received include ringing improvements, the ability to manage contacts easier and mute instant messaging sounds, various compatibility improvements for Windows 8.1 and crash fixes. However, if you’re still not pleased by how it peforms, you can follow our guide and learn how to uninstall it.

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The release note doesn’t tell to many details besides this “You can now sign out of Skype“. This is a little confusing, since it means you weren’t able to sign out of Skype before. As you can see in the above screenshot which was taken before the update was installed, the sign out button is right there under your Skype profile. However, what is meant by this update, is that the whole process has been improved, as there were some issues with it.

Stay connected while you shop, read, watch and work. When you do more with Skype, there’s more to talk about. -Connect how you want, when you want. Chat, hear their voice, or get together face to face all within the comfort of one app. -Snap Skype alongside other apps to get more done or play a game together while you chat. -Share everyday things and special moments – files, photos, or even a video message. -Connect with anyone else on any PC, Mac, Android, iPad, Windows Phone, iPhone, Xbox One or more.

First of all, there were synchronizing issues with your Microsoft account that you used to sign into Skype. Secondly, if you were already running Skype in desktop mode, it was impossible to use it on the touch version, as well. The sign-out now lets you sign out of Skype, without affecting your Microsoft credentials. Also, from what I’ve seen reported by some users, after clicking “sign-out”, the system would either crash, hang or just not perform the action. This has now been solved with the latest update.

Update: the Skype team has explained on its official blog the changes, saying that Invisible mode has also been added, and also explaining the sign-out improvements:

Invisible – When you select to be invisible you can still get incoming messages but without others knowing you’re around to pick them up. Think of it like your phone – SMSes come through but you can respond now or later.

Sign out – But we know sometimes you just want to not get any notifications at all. With this release we brought back sign out. While more and more applications are moving to being always on and always connected, it’s an interesting challenge to balance the user need to be always plugged in while managing intrusion.

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