Skype for Windows 8 Metro / Modern UI How-To Install

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Skype for Windows 8 Metro / Modern UI How-To Install

So you want to try out the new Skype Metro/Modern UI on Windows 8 do ya? Well so do I, so last week I found out how to download and install a leaked copy of Skype for Windows 8.

1. Download the MetroSkype_1.0.0.128_x86.zip file from here. (Ironic Microsoft wants to kill the name Metro yet their Skype team is still using it for their filenames! smiley-smile)
2. Extract the ZIP file
3. Right click on the Add-AppDevPackage.ps1 file and click Run with PowerShell. (Note: You may need Visual Studio installed to run as PowerShell. Or you could try these PowerShell execution tips)
4. Follow the steps and if you haven't obtained a Windows 8 Developer key, it will ask you to sign into Windows Live to acquire one. I actually had a problem with his step. I was getting the error "We couldn’t get your developer license for Windows 8":
windows-8-developer-license-error.png

Some websites indicated this problem could occur if you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and keep your application settings. I did indeed do an upgrade, so it could have been that. However I had just installed Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 and hadn't rebooted. So just in case I rebooted and then the license acquisition worked fine. A Skype tile will now appear on your Start screen.

Ok, so now how does it look? Here's a Skype call within the Windows 8 Modern UI (full-screen). The screenshot is a 1920x1080px image scaled down (click for full-size) to 600x338px:
skype-metro-windows-8-video-call.png
Note the 'Tom Keating' white text at the top left with a left arrow icon to navigate between the various Skype screens. The main Skype Modern UI screen is shown here:
skype-metro-windows-8-home-screen.png

They designed the emoticons to be super-sized tablet finger-friendly so you can easily pick the emoticons you want:
skype-metro-windows-8-chat-emoticons-2-no-beer.png
You can swipe left-to-right (or use mouse scroll-wheel) to view additional emoticons.

Here's what your contact/buddy list looks like. I blurred out my contacts for privacy:
skype-metro-windows-8-all-people-list.png

In the top right corner you can see my "test" Tom Keating Skype user (black background) that I am currently in a video call with. I can click this to return back to the call or I can initiate a call to another Skype user. You can share screen from your PC-version of Skype but alas not within the Skype Modern UI app. So desktop sharing only works from PC-to-Skype Modern and not Skype Modern-to-PC. cry_smile

I do like how you can dock the Skype Modern app. Here's a screenshot of Skype docked to the right with the Bing weather app running on the left:
skype-modern-dock-app-to-side-bing-weather.png


All-in-all the Microsoft / Skype team has done a pretty good job with this not even officially released Windows 8 Skype app. They do need to add desktop sharing since that's a huge feature missing. Still, I like it and can't wait to try this on a Windows 8 tablet!thumbs_up


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