Microsoft Presents Skype for Windows 8
Article by George Norman
On 23 Oct 2012
With only a few days until Windows 8 hits general availability, Microsoft introduced Skype for the new operating system and explained that this release focuses on delivering a simpler, faster, easier to use experience.

We are only a few days away from the public release of Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8. Come the 26th of October, Windows 8 will hit GA (General Availability) and the public will have access to the operating system. On the same date the new Skype for Windows 8 app will drop. The thing is that you don’t have to wait until October 26th of find out what the new Skype has to offer – Microsoft already introduced the new application to the world.


“Skype for Windows 8 is almost here and we are incredibly excited by this important new version of Skype. This is our big step forward together with Microsoft to introduce a completely new Skype experience, which is designed to be always on, immersive, effortless and fun to use,” said Mark Gillett, Chief Development and Operations Officer at Skype.

Here is what you can expect to get from the new Skype for Windows 8:
  • The application comes with a new fluid design meant to make using Skype for Windows 8 a simple, fast, and beautiful experience.
  • The people and messages that matter most to you are placed at the heart of the new Skype experience. Your favorite contacts are only a click/tap away, the people you contact most often are presented front and center, and so are recent chat messages.
  • With the new Skype for Windows 8 it is even easier to call landlines and/or mobile phones. In one easy view you can access the new modern dial pad, see your Skype Credit, and active subscriptions.
  • Even if you switch to another application, you remain connected; you can be always available and reachable. Skype for Windows 8 will notify you when a friend contacts you; you will be notified when you get a new call or instant message.
  • You can snap Skype side-by-side with other Windows 8 apps. This way you can surf the web, watch photos, or use maps while chatting with a friend on Skype.
  • Skype works brilliantly with the new People app on Windows 8. The People app is like a cloud-connected address book; it is a modern version of the traditional contact list or address book.

Tags: Microsoft, Skype, Windows 8
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