Skype Update Adds Support for Windows 8
Article by George Norman
On 14 Sep 2011
Yesterday, the 13th of September, Microsoft was presenting Windows 8 at the BUILD Conference and was touting all the new features the operating system (OS) will offer users once its hits General Availability (GA). The operating system will be superior in every way to Windows 7; it will be safer, it will be more reliable, it will have a fresh new interface, it will provide support for more hardware, it will be incredible.

“We reimagined Windows,” said Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows and Windows Live Division at Microsoft, in his keynote address to the thousands of developers who attended the conference. “From the chipset to the user experience, Windows 8 brings a new range of capabilities without compromise.”

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The OS is still in an early pre-Beta phase and there’s still a lot of work to be done until it reaches GA. It seems Skype is confident Windows 8 isn’t that far away.

Skype announced yesterday, the 13th of September, that it updated Skype for Windows to version 5.5.0.117 and that the updated version comes with only one change: it adds support for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system.

“Today we have released an update to Skype 5.5 for Windows.
With this update we have introduced support for Microsoft Windows 8.
Upgrade Skype now,” said a brief announcement posted by Skype blogger Raul Liive.

The conclusion is that if you update your Skype for Windows client, it will work on Windows 8 – just that the OS hasn’t been released to the public. What has been released is a dev preview that includes a 64-bit (x64) build with development tools to build apps, a 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) build without development tools, and a suite of sample applications (illustrations of potential apps, not apps that will ship with Windows 8). The dev preview is available for download as an ISO image at dev.windows.com.



Tags: Microsoft, Windows 8, BUILD Conference, Skype
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