Skype for Windows 8.1 updated, adds a few new features

Microsoft is releasing Windows 8.1 Update today, but the company also has a new version Skype to download for users of that OS as well. The new update brings the version number of the app up to 2.7 and it contains a couple of new features.

As described on the Skype blog, one of the new additions allows users to remain invisible while online but still receive any chat messages that might be directed towards them. The "sign out" feature has also returned, allowing anyone to log off Skype completely.

The blog post hints that the Skype team will be talking more in the future about the topic of staying signed onto the service but not appearing online. It stated,

Why? Because helping users stay plugged in but without getting overwhelmed or feeling disturbed is a tricky challenge and we look to our users to tell us what works best for them.

Last week during BUILD 2014, Microsoft announced changes coming to Skype for the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update, including added support for the mobile operating system's Cortana digital assistant.

Source: Skype | Image via Microsoft

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I still want to be able to paste my screenshots (prt scr) directly into chat without having to save it to paint first. The desktop version lets you do this, hope they add it to the app soon, if at all.

Wait, the Windows Skype app didn't support invisible mode from launch? That seems like a massive oversight. Glad I just stuck with the desktop program.

Well it did as far as I remember; but even when you were invisible, the bloody thing still rang when someone called you, and dinged when someone sent a message.

The title refers to a few new features. The first paragraph refers to a couple of new features. The remainder of the article then describes one new feature.

What is the point of this site's news section?

Nimdock said,
I have seen a lot of people complain because they can't sign in with a different account.
You actually can, but you have to log on as another user to your computer -Integration logic-

Or use a local account not tied to a Microsoft account, then you can switch Skype accounts as much as you want.

Pluto is a Planet said,
You actually can, but you have to log on as another user to your computer -Integration logic-

Or use a local account not tied to a Microsoft account, then you can switch Skype accounts as much as you want.

Or just install desktop skype, unless you're an RT user.
Still preferring desktop over Modern, has more compatibility and actually notifies me on group messages (Which is annoying because it should be when using my tablet)

Vinylchan said,

Or just install desktop skype, unless you're an RT user.
Still preferring desktop over Modern, has more compatibility and actually notifies me on group messages (Which is annoying because it should be when using my tablet)

Yeah I use Desktop too, which is only annoying because you can't scroll in it unless you use a mouse or drag the scrollbar...

I was waiting for some one to bring up the local account bit. It is dumb to have to log off your Windows account to be able to log in to Skype with a different account.

Sometimes the QC department in Microsoft awes me. Not in a good way.

And yes, the desktop application is far superior to the modern one. I uninstalled the modern one.

There's always someone who has to bitch about the simplest things. Try being active and actually sending Microsoft your feedback for this feature to be added. Bitching about it won't get you anywhere.

And here comes some individual that knows nothing about the situation to spew some non-sense that has nothing to do with the feature set.

For your information I have helped beta test Windows 7, 8, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows Phone 7.5, and Windows Phone 8.

Is that active enough for you?

Are we only supposed to comment if we like features?

Such an amazing feature... just wish it had been added ages ago when they forced us onto Skype from their MSN Messenger/ WLM/ whatever it was named on the millionth pointless update (which already had it)- I lost any respect for that development team.