Tip: Turn Off Web-Based Skype Notifications

Posted on January 13, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Consumer Services, OneDrive, Outlook.com, Skype with 4 Comments

Tip: Turn Off Web-Based Skype Notifications

For the past few months, I’ve complained about the inability to disable Skype notification sounds in Microsoft’s websites. We’ll they’ve fixed that, and in doing so, they may have just saved my sanity as well.

I turn off Skype notification sounds everywhere because I find them superfluous and annoying. But when Microsoft added the latest, plug-in-free version of its Skype pane to Outlook.com, OneDrive.com and its other websites, it left off a crucial feature: The inability to disable Skype notifications.

What that means to me is that I cannot leave Outlook.com, OneDrive and other Microsoft websites open in browser tabs because every time someone converses with me, the web browser will emit a loud “blatt” notification. (And it really is a terrible sound.)

OK, that sounds like a minor annoyance. But it leads to a bigger problem: I also cannot use Outlook.com as my primarily email address as a result, too, because I prefer to use web clients. If that thing was open all day, it would drive me crazy.

Today, amazingly, Microsoft fixed this.

To disable Skype notification sounds, open Outlook.com or OneDrive in your web browser, click the Skype button at the top (the one with a messaging-type icon), and then click the Settings cog at the bottom. In the Settings pane that appears, select Notifications (it’s the default). You’ll see a new option here, called “Sound: Turn notification sounds on or off.” Just turn ’em off.

I believe that this change is persistent (to your account) and that changing it once will change it across multiple Microsoft sites, but I’m waiting to hear back. (That means it works across browsers and PCs, too.)

Seriously, Microsoft. Thank you.

 

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4 responses to “Tip: Turn Off Web-Based Skype Notifications”

  1. 127

    Paul, did you shed a tear?

  2. 8665

    Paul, this is great if you actually use Skype. I can understand any user would be happy with this change, and congratulations!  I am happy for you.

    Is there any hope for those of us that wish to disable Skype from the integration with the new Outlook Mail all together? I've written to anybody that would listen for months now and these are the only two responses I've received:

    From the feedback hub for regular folks:

    "Hello!
    Skype being part of Microsoft, our effort is to give Windows 10 users the best experience possible and that means that for those users that have a primary MSA set in their device they will be able to start communicating with their friends and loved ones for free and without having to go through the process of creating an account. It was always our best intention and we apologize if this have been an inconvenience to those of you not interested in using all the cool things Skype has to offer.

    If you are not interested in Skype you can definitely go ahead and manually sign out from Skype Preview (without uninstalling it), we'll save those settings for you and you will not be automatically signed in anymore.
    If you are an already existing Skype user and we signed you in to the incorrect account using you device MSA we also apologize for that, feel free to sign out and sign in again using your existing account, we promise you'll love the new Skype :)

    Thanks for always providing feedback!

    Luis E - Microsoft Engineer"

     

    From Skype Support on Twitter:

    "Hello. We are working on the feature to to turn off the integration between Skype and Outlook. Here is a link to follow to see when the change is implemented."

    The link sent me to this page:

    "Skype is fully integrated with Outlook.com and cannot be turned off. We have received customer feedback that people would like the ability to turn off Skype and we’re working on adding this feature – watch this space.

    In the meantime, there are settings that let you mute notifications (sounds and toasts).

    Select the Skype icon in Outlook.com, then select Settings (the gear icon).
    Select Notifications. Here you can disable notifications and sounds."

    Progress???  I don't know anymore, lol.  Just so frustrated because I don't feel like I have any control over the apps and services I wish to use on my own devices any more.  Particularly since this Skype thing is associated with my MSA since my MSA is my hotmail email address.  Is there any help you could offer? 

  3. 131

    Now if they'll just give us a way to clear IM history globally (across all apps and platforms), I'll be a happy man.

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