By Andy Rathbone
So, if you have a lot of messaging contacts and a Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2, try this workaround: Install Skype’s desktop program from Skype.com. More powerful than the Skype app, the Skype desktop program can
import those contacts. And when it does, the Skype desktop program stuffs those contacts into the Skype app, as well.
Because adding contacts to the Skype app is awkward work, you have to jump through these hoops to add your friends.
Note: Before trying to add a friend to Skype, make sure she has a Skype account, and ask for the name she uses on Skype. That makes it easier to find her in Skype’s directory and add her to the program.
Open the Start screen and tap the Skype tile or icon.
Don’t see the Skype tile on your Start screen? Then slide your finger upward from the screen’s middle to reveal the All Apps area. There, the Skype icon appears listed alphabetically, ready to launch with a tap of your finger.
In Skype, open the App bar and summon Skype’s directory by tapping the Add Contact icon.
Slide your finger down from the screen’s top edge to fetch the App bar, and tap the Add Contact icon.
Search for your contact by her Skype name, real name, or e-mail address and then tap the Search icon.
If you don’t find any matches, tap the Directory button to search Skype’s global directory of Skype accounts.
When the list of matching people appears, tap the name of the person you want to add.
The person’s messaging window opens.
Tap the Add to Contacts button, write a brief message, and tap the Send button.
Your brief introductory message lets your friend know that you’re not a random creep indulging in random creepiness.
Then, you wait patiently until your friends approve your requests to be added to your Skype contacts. When they approve, they appear in your Skype’s opening page with an icon letting you know whether they’re online and available to accept voice or video chats.
Managing your contacts takes a little work, helped through these tips: