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Imagine my surprise to find that Microsoft was doing away with it’s MSN Messenger service and replacing it with Skype. Now this isn’t really a big deal, except because of the way I do business, I actually have multiple Skype accounts (1 on phone, 1 on computer) and 3 MSN accounts. This wouldn’t be a problem, except that because of Skype being closed source for Windows, it’s not possible to have open more then one window at a time, and there is no messenger program for Windows which can handle it. Note that Trillian can intercept the messages, but it still needs Skype open, so really this isn’t a solution. At the same time, there is a multi-skype program which will allow you to launch a different skype account auto-signing you out of the first. Again not a solution. I have also seen people suggesting of logging out or having multiple accounts on your computer, but the same problem remains, you can’t have more then one session running at a time.
This guide will teach you how to have multiple Skype sessions running at the same time on the same computer, allowing you to switch between the sessions without logging out.
Before we begin there is something you should understand about this guide. It’s not perfect and the solution will require some downloading by you. However you can either trust this site or not. If you choose not to trust the software I am uploading, you can still manually do this yourself, but you will need a little know-how, of which I am not providing through this guide, but will explain what needs to be done to achieve the solution.
First, you are going to need to download an Android emulator for your PC. I know there are a few out there, I personally use the BlueStacks version. You can use theirs, or someone else’s. The neat thing about BlueStacks, is that it will work for both Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Macintosh computers. You can get BlueStacks here.
At this point, I want to share something I found out the other day, but it’s not something you need to know, so you can skip reading this if you want.
Android, is actually a redistribution of Linux, which has been slimmed down and doesn’t include the console. It’s branched away from the full Linux distribution by way of it’s kernel, but there is talk of it coming back to it. Now 75% of all cell phones, run Android. On computers, Linux is number 2, after Windows, but Ubuntu means to change that (another Unix type OS) with packages designed for tablets. What this means is that fairly soon, we can expect the greatest market share of operating systems for computers, tablets, and phones to be running some type of Unix type OS. Apple is currently at a distant 3rd of computer OS’ running about 7-8% of the computers out there (up from 3% about 10 years ago). Now if you have Windows 7, and haven’t wanted to upgrade to Windows 8, but wanted to know why the sudden change in the GUI (Graphical User Interface) or design, it’s because Microsoft Windows is losing market share rapidly, and is trying to recapture that share by bringing out a design that is “easy” for new users. Unfortunately, they are alienating those who have used Windows for so many years, and have used the “Start Bar” since 1995. For those who do want the Start Bar back, you can get a Windows Skin, which returns Windows 8, to that look. Also note that since Android isn’t a full distribution and there are some features which are different, Android apps will NOT run on Linux. Perhaps after the 2 kernels are merged back together. Until then, you might be able to get this method to work, by emulating Windows via Wine.
So back to how to get the multiple Skype sessions to work at the same time on the same Windows session. Once you have your Emulator installed, you will need to find a skype messenger program on your computer, via the search function inside your emulator.
If your emulator isn’t BlueStacks, then you will need to follow this method: You will either need to try to download it via the emulator or via your own Android phone. If you choose to use the Android phone method, after you install it on your phone, you will need to either have root access or a program which will allow you to backup the software, and then connect it to your computer to get the file off your phone. For those who don’t already have one installed, I recommend IM+. There is an ad, however you can choose to purchase the Pro version or there are alternatives, so don’t settle on this one if you don’t like this it.
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For our VIP members, I have included some extra information on page 2, which should prove valuable, however isn’t needed to get the multi-skype sessions running at the same time.