Windows 8 Skype app updated with better snap view

Microsoft launched the Skype app for Windows 8 close to the launch of Windows 8 itself. In November, the app got an update that added some new features, including the ability to make calls to Skype messenger contacts. Today, Skype for Windows 8 got another update and this one aims to improve using it in "snap view"

The Windows Store website has the release notes for the app, which says that it now has "enhanced Snap view for smarter multi-tasking." In reality, this means the Skype app now has a truly functional way to "snap" it to either the left or right side of the screen while you use another Windows 8 app.

This will let users conduct video chats or type in IM chat mode with Skype while in snap view. It's certainly a welcome improvement and we wonder why Microsoft and the Skype team didn't have this fully functional when the app was first released.

The release notes also state this update has some performance improvements along with some unnamed but general bug fixes. If you use Skype a lot on your Windows 8 PC or your Microsoft Surface tablet, this is pretty much a required update.

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For some reason it doesn't detect my cam on my laptop, never has since I installed it, so I've only used the desktop version.... Sucks

Thank goodness - this what it should have been from the start! Only major things left now is integrated FB chat and option to block contacts (which the desktop client has)

My biggest problem is that the Metro version of Skype doesn't notify me of text messages and incoming calls in a timely manner. I get complaints that even though I'm displaying to the person on the other end as online, I'm not actually reachable.

It's so bad that I once took a call in the desktop version on one device, and 10 minutes into the call I got the notification on my Surface, finally.

jhoff80 said,
My biggest problem is that the Metro version of Skype doesn't notify me of text messages and incoming calls in a timely manner. I get complaints that even though I'm displaying to the person on the other end as online, I'm not actually reachable.

It's so bad that I once took a call in the desktop version on one device, and 10 minutes into the call I got the notification on my Surface, finally.


This, messaging app has the exact same.
Skype doesnt show messages i've sent through desktop app Skype either.
Neither when i use Skype on my Vita.
Messaging has the same if i use another 3rd party facebook chat aswell.

I'll go try the updated Skype, hope it improves these.

Even though I've linked my regular Skype account with my Microsoft account it only shows me the contacts from the latter, which is useless to me. It doesn't make any sense, as both accounts use the same email address.

Currently the account linking is an unusable mess and it's preventing me from using the Metro version of Skype.

I finally exercised some common sense and removed the Skype Metro from my desktop in favor of the desktop version. But on the tablet the Metro version makes perfect sense.

I am still wondering why they haven't added the split screen mode in windows 8. snap mode is good but if you want to have equally important screens to be shown at the same time you have no luck

They really needed to do this... because once they discontinue Windows Live Messenger early next year... the messaging app will be mostly irrelevant (which prob explains the lack of development)... and this will become the main messaging app. The just need to add file send/receive features to this.

Do people actually use this version of Skype (other than on the Surface where they're stuck with it)? The desktop version is a million times better and actually usable as an IM client. This thing... I dunno

Obry said,
Do people actually use this version of Skype (other than on the Surface where they're stuck with it)? The desktop version is a million times better and actually usable as an IM client. This thing... I dunno

I use it because it is very light on resources and it does need to be running to receive calls.

Obry said,
Do people actually use this version of Skype (other than on the Surface where they're stuck with it)? The desktop version is a million times better and actually usable as an IM client. This thing... I dunno

I use it all the time. I don't even have the junk desktop client installed on my PC anymore.

This is actually a good app update, been waiting for better snap! Still a long way to go before the desktop app is uninstalled though. Great for the surface though

Agree.It is of course a welcome change, but i find myself going to the metro screen and using metro apps less and less...

ingramator said,
This is actually a good app update, been waiting for better snap! Still a long way to go before the desktop app is uninstalled though. Great for the surface though

Much better then snap in the first version. where it would only show the Skype logo

ingramator said,
This is actually a good app update, been waiting for better snap! Still a long way to go before the desktop app is uninstalled though. Great for the surface though

Much better then snap in the first version. where it would only show the Skype logo

thechronic said,
It was buggy for me and refused to work properly. Hopefully this solves it!
Agreed, the skype experience seems flaky on my Surface RT. It *works*, but the UX is like falling into sinkholes. It was supposedly a full rewrite, so hopefully they keep pushing out updates to make it better.