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Microsoft Reveals Skype for Windows 8

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Skype for Windows 8 will be released this Friday, introducing a brand new "modern" experience.

On Sunday the Skype blog was updated with an introduction to Skype for Windows 8, which will be released this Friday along with Windows 8 and Windows RT devices. It's a brand new experience, the blog states, focusing on people and messages front and center. Recent chat messages and calls will be presented next to frequently messaged contacts immediately after the client is launched.

"Skype has also made it even easier for you to call landlines or mobile phones directly, with a new modern dial pad," said Mark Gillett, chief development and operations officer at Skype. "You can easily see how much Skype Credit you have along with active subscriptions and your recent calls all in one easy view."

In this release, Skype has been "re-architected" from the ground up, and will feel more native than previous versions on Windows 7 and older. It will be "always on," running seamlessly in the background and alerting users about new calls and instant messages in boxy notification tags pinned to the right of the screen. And, naturally, because this will be a Modern UI app, the new-and-improved Skype will not only run in full-screen mode, but be touch compatible.

"Once you've downloaded Skype from the Windows Store, Skype appears on the new Start screen as a live tile," Gillett said. "As well as being the launching point for the Skype experience on Windows 8, the Skype live tile provides a window into the app, showing you if you have missed a call or have a new message waiting for you inside."

Despite its new full-screen nature, users will be able to snap it over to the side while still video chatting and browse the Internet, sift through photos, use maps and more. The new Windows client has also been extended into the People app so that it's easier for users to simply pull up a contact from this modernized address book and place a call or instant message.

"Simply logging in to Skype and connecting your Skype account to the People app, will automatically add the Skype details of everyone you want to keep in touch with," Gillett said. "You can even reach your contacts who aren't yet on Skype through calling their mobile or landline number if you have a phone number stored for them and a little Skype credit or a subscription."

To read the entire post, head here. Skype for Windows 8 will be included with new Windows 8 devices this Friday, and made available from the Windows Store at the same time. A demonstration has been provided below.

Introducing Skype for Windows 8

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    ejb222 , October 22, 2012 7:36 PM
    looks pretty good to me.
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    southernshark , October 22, 2012 7:40 PM
    Looks fine to me. I don't see any problems with the layout. It appears that it offers you more choices for screen placement. That is good.
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    AndrewMD , October 22, 2012 7:42 PM
    DjEaZy... they realy FCUKED ap a good app...

    Did they? I mean seriously, did they? From what I have seen so far, Microsoft has done little with leading direction of the Skype Team. For me Skype works wonderful on my iPhone, Windows 7 computer, Android... If you have a problem with Microsoft then just don't use their products....

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    DjEaZy , October 22, 2012 7:33 PM
    ... they realy FCUKED ap a good app...
  • 13 Hide
    ejb222 , October 22, 2012 7:36 PM
    looks pretty good to me.
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    Anonymous , October 22, 2012 7:38 PM
    Blah!
  • 13 Hide
    southernshark , October 22, 2012 7:40 PM
    Looks fine to me. I don't see any problems with the layout. It appears that it offers you more choices for screen placement. That is good.
  • 12 Hide
    AndrewMD , October 22, 2012 7:42 PM
    DjEaZy... they realy FCUKED ap a good app...

    Did they? I mean seriously, did they? From what I have seen so far, Microsoft has done little with leading direction of the Skype Team. For me Skype works wonderful on my iPhone, Windows 7 computer, Android... If you have a problem with Microsoft then just don't use their products....

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    vigorvermin , October 22, 2012 7:58 PM
    this alone may make me upgrade. Pretty awesome changes
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    sockso , October 22, 2012 8:00 PM
    I'm getting the vibe that windows 8 will be nicknamed "windows vista 2" I just don't like anything I've heard about it.
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    esrever , October 22, 2012 8:04 PM
    Anyone else just find it weird to hear skype sounds when its not actually from your skype?
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    jhansonxi , October 22, 2012 8:28 PM
    Skype is popular but you could just as easily use a SIP or XMPP/Jingle client.
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    ejb222 , October 22, 2012 8:32 PM
    socksoI'm getting the vibe that windows 8 will be nicknamed "windows vista 2" I just don't like anything I've heard about it.

    why dont you go out and use it and rely less on what you hear. Go to Best Buy and play around with the system. And NO it won't be Vista 2...if you've heard that, you were seriously misinformed.
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    falchard , October 22, 2012 9:26 PM
    I think anything would have been better then the skype previous implementation. This one is alot cleaner and more fluid. There were some bugs with skype that I did not like. For instance if you use multiple speaker outputs the voice becomes garbled.
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    apache_lives , October 22, 2012 10:29 PM
    socksoI'm getting the vibe that windows 8 will be nicknamed "windows vista 2" I just don't like anything I've heard about it.


    Did you actually use Vista on a half decent system? Or are you just a mindless sheep.
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    digiex , October 23, 2012 2:50 AM
    Can I "touch" the person I chat with? Since windows 8 is a "touch" OS.
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    alextheblue , October 23, 2012 5:09 AM
    digiexCan I "touch" the person I chat with? Since windows 8 is a "touch" OS.
    You're touching it wrong.
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    olaf , October 23, 2012 5:58 AM
    great another always on thing to run in the background as if actually closing stuff in wincrap8 is not unintuitive enough, if anyone tells me about keyboard shortcuts better not live close to me cuz I'm going to smack them. I want to use a mouse while leaning back relaxing and not have to lean forward all the time cuz of a shit OS. Also its cheaper for me to call internationally from my phone the Skype, nowadays most messenger clients are frikkin bloatware.
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    randomizer , October 23, 2012 8:31 AM
    Still running Skype 4.2 here.
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    TeraMedia , October 23, 2012 1:53 PM
    What causes me the most concern is this line:
    Quote:
    Once you've downloaded Skype from the Windows Store


    I don't like the prospect of MSFT swallowing up companies that offer freeware and free services with paid-for premium services, and turning their products into commercial software that must be purchased. Even if there is no charge for the SW right now, that doesn't mean there won't be down the road.
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    voiidwulf , October 23, 2012 2:28 PM
    Overall good changes. I'm mildly concerned about the full screen thing though. As long as you can alt-tab and everything will work the same as it did before, I'm happy.

    One question though,
    Why do they have those boxes on the sides that tell you who your talking too? You should know who you are talking to by the sound of their voices and the fact you called them or vice versa. I don't want a quarter of my screen being taken up by irrelevant information. Like a lot of people, I use Skype to talk to my friends/clan mates while gaming, so there better not be boxes on the side. -_-