Category: Skype and Skype type programs

How To Link A Skype ID To A Microsoft Account With Skype For Desktop

If you used Skype before, you might have noticed that you can link your Skype and Microsoft accounts. Microsoft recommends linking the two account primarily because you will only need to remember one user account and password that can be used across multiple devices and Microsoft services. Secondly, linking your accounts allows the integration of Skype with Outlook and the merging of all your contacts from the two services. This tutorial continues the series about Skype for desktop and it will help you understand how to link your Skype account with your Microsoft account both in Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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How To Manage Your Skype Account From The Skype For Windows Desktop App

As we have already explained, Skype is going to discontinue the “Modern” Skype app and make its users migrate to the Skype for desktop app. This action is an attempt to simplify the your user experience with the help of a single application that works with either a keyboard and mouse or a touchscreen. This tutorial continues our series of articles about the Skype for desktop app and is aimed at making your transition between the two versions of this VoIP application more pleasurable. So read on to understand how to easily manage all aspects of your Skype account and user profile.

NOTE: This tutorial about using the Skype for desktop app applies to both Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. That being said, we will be explaining how to manage your Skype profile with the help of screenshots taken in Windows 10.

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Security On Facebook: The Advanced Steps For Having A Safe & Pleasant Experience

In the previous article I discussed the primary ways you can secure your Facebook account. In this article I’ll talk about several additional settings you can (and should) tweak to make even more sure you’re safe while you post and read. You will learn how to post on Facebook in a private manner, block people you don’t want to interact with and choose who can look you up on Facebook. There’s plenty of ground to cover so let’s get started:

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How To Use The Skype For Windows Desktop App

With the upcoming release of Windows 10, Microsoft has announced that it will be abandoning the development of the modern app version of Skype. The general idea is the attempt to simplify user experience with the help of a unified VoIP application that works both on touch based devices and regular mouse and keyboard ones. It has also been stated that, after July 7, all users who will try to open the touch app on Windows 8 or 8.1 will be asked to switch to the desktop version. Therefore, in order to help you easily migrate between the two applications, we have decided to create a series of articles that will show you how to easily use the Skype for desktop app. In this tutorial, we will try to help you understand the main user interface elements of the desktop version so that you can continue to stay in touch with your friends, family and co-workers without any kind of problems.

NOTE: You can use Skype for desktop if you are logged in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 with your Microsoft account or with your regular Skype account. If you would like to learn more about Microsoft accounts, read this guide: Simple Questions: What is a Windows Live ID or a Microsoft account?.

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Upcoming Google+ Hangout on Tuesday June 16, 2015 7 PM

TAPCUG Linux SIG has traditionally been on vacation June, July and August but in June we have traditionally had a virtual meeting online. This year the Google+ Hangout on Tuesday June 16, 2015 7 PM. Over the years virtual meeting technology has greatly improved. The event is embedded into the html at . I’m also working on another event using this technology where we will be streaming from a wifi hot spot on a Samsung ARM Chromebook. At this event I’ll be using a Logitech C310 usb webcam because the video is a little better and a Logitech H390 usb headset to prevent unwanted noise.

To learn this I watched a video on creating an event here and embedding into a web page here.

Thanks, Joel

Microsoft to retire ‘Modern’ Skype app next month

Microsoft today said it would retire the “Modern,” née “Metro,” app for Skype in less than four weeks, abandoning it for the more traditional Windows desktop application.

Apple to court Android defectors with switcher’s app

Apple did not trumpet it earlier this week during the keynote address kicking off its Worldwide

“We’re simplifying your PC experience down to one app that you can use either with your mouse and keyboard or with touch,” said Aga Guzik, the lead for desktop product marketing at Luxembourg-based Skype, Microsoft’s instant message, audio and video chat service. “Starting on July 7, we’re updating PC users of the Windows modern application to the Windows desktop application, and retiring the modern application.”

As of July 7, any user of the Modern version of Skype will be automatically redirected to the desktop edition download. Customers who bought a Surface or Surface 2 tablet — the discontinued devices that ran the failed Windows RT operating system — can continue to use the Modern app. Windows RT does not support Win32 desktop applications.

Not surprisingly, Guzik spun the change as good for customers. “With the upcoming release of Windows 10 for PCs, it makes sense to use the Skype application optimized for mouse and keyboards use, capable of doing touch as well rather than two separate applications performing the same function,” she said.

The move, however, is a surrender of sorts for Microsoft: The company had pinned hope on its Metro/Modern app model, which was a major part of its pitch for 2012’s Windows 8 and the next year’s Windows 8.1.

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Google HangOuts !

At the Apr 9, 2015 OMUG meeting there was a presentation on Chromebooks and Google Hangouts.
Hangouts can be done through the browser on any computer that has internet.
A usb webcam such as the highly recommended Logitech C310 which gives you speaker capability and great video might be needed for your computer.
Headphones are not necessary for Hangouts but they are recommended in noisy settings.
A good tutorial is at

April 10: OMUG Monthly Meeting

We are having another good program at the next meeting on April 10 at 7 pm !

John Wickliffe ( a member ) will show and discuss the other Skype- type programs available.  Some people mentioned them at the last meeting about Skype;

He will show them and how to install on your computer.  If you bring your laptops John will demonstrate how to install the other programs

I know you’ll be there to vote for new officers so this will be entertaining and interesting after you vote.