We’re really proud of Skype for Windows 8, but we haven’t forgotten about the desktop. Skype for Windows desktop is still being developed and works really well on Windows 8.
To start using Skype for Windows desktop:
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When you’re signed in to Skype, the icon of Skype for Windows desktop appears alongside your other apps in the Start screen.
To find the Skype for Windows desktop icon more quickly, just type “Skype” in the Start screen and the Skype icons for both of the Windows versions will be displayed at the top left of your screen.
Every time you start Skype for Windows desktop, Windows 8 switches to the desktop. To get back to the Start screen, just press the Windows key or swipe from the right, then tap Start.
With Skype for Windows 8, you can enjoy everyday Skype features like instant messaging, voice and video calling. To benefit from other Skype features such as group video calls and group screen sharing, you can switch to the desktop version of Skype at any time.
To switch between Skype for Windows 8 and the desktop version of Skype more easily, you can put both of the Skype icons together into one tile space. To do so: