Microsoft Updates Skype for Windows 8

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Much like Windows 8 itself, the latest version of Skype, now a Microsoft product, hasn’t exactly gone over well with some of its most ardent supporters. The new Modern UI version of Skype stripped the software of some pretty important features – like being able to block people – all while forcing users to merge their Skype username with their Microsoft account address.

This new update brings back the all-important ability to block users and contacts, though it still isn’t as easy as it once was. In order to block a person in Skype for Windows 8, first you’ll need to open a chat window with them (fortunately you won’t need to actually engage them in conversation). 

Windows 8 Skype

Once there, you can swipe up from the bottom to bring up the command bar, where you can select block to keep them from contacting you. 

In addition to the creep blocking ability, Microsoft also smoothed over a number of bugs related to general skype crashing and video errors.

Users who aren’t happy with the new Windows 8 version of Skype can still download copies of the Windows 7 version; in addition to running in Windows’ Desktop Mode, you’ll also be able to undo any integration between your username and your Microsoft account, just by logging in with your old info. 

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