Microsoft cloud services like OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) and Outlook have Skype integration. For example, when you are signed in to your Outlook web mail, people from your Skype contact list see you as 'Online' and can start a conversation with you or even call you.
Another side effect of the integration is that the desktop Skype application and web-based application will perform calls simultaneously. If you are working with your emails and do not want to be contacted via Skype, there is a tricky but working way to disable the Skype integration with Microsoft cloud services.
The main idea is to close the access to the server where Skype's web data is stored. To do that, you'll have to perform the following steps.
- Run Notepad as Administrator. Just right click its shortcut and choose the appropriate command from the context menu:
- Open the following file:
- Add a new line to the file you have opened. The following text should be there on the new line:
- Save the file and close Notepad. Now close all your browser instances and run them again.
That's it. You will not be signed in into Skype automatically any more.
Many thanks to Rafael Rivera for sharing this tip.
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