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Skype for Windows 8 becomes official: always on and integrated with People Hub

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Skype for Windows 8 becomes official: always on and integrated with People Hub
When Microsoft releases Windows 8 in just a couple of days on October 26, it might not have all the apps you’d wish for, but it would have Skype. More than a year after Microsoft shelled out $8.5 billion for the VoIP client, Skype is finally getting fully integrated into Windows.

This means that you’d always be online and within reach without having to remember to turn the app on, and without having the app sucking up your battery. Receiving audio and video happens on all sorts of devices, so you don’t need to worry whether you are using your tablet, desktop or laptop.

Skype for Windows 8 is of course designed in the “Modern” UI design language. Modern is the name Microsoft now uses for Metro, the design language with large typography and monotone background colors. This means you’d also have a Live Tile pinned to your home panel where you could easily see all of your latest notifications.

Just like with other apps in Windows 8, you can snap Skype to the side and have another app running along it while you chat.

You can take a peek at Skype’s new look and feel for Windows 8 right below, and don’t hesitate to give us your thoughts about it in the comments.

source: Skype

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posted on 22 Oct 2012, 09:34 4

1. zippolite28 (Posts: 101; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)

Looks awesome

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 09:51 7

2. wp8forever (unregistered)

Of course it does lol that was looks like is from 2020 make everything else look old and outdated lol can wait for my surface pro and my limit 920 when ppl look at me will think I came from the future lol Troll I know you gonna comment but u know w8 and wp8 look spectacular hater.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 12:00

5. zippolite28 (Posts: 101; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)

How come u so sure of his comment :-P and u also got his thumbs down

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 10:23 2

3. jigs3432 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


posted on 22 Oct 2012, 14:04 1

7. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Windows 8 is already a great OS and the Skype app looks great! Once Windows 8 gets all the appropriate apps, I can start using the "Modern" UI more.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 15:49

9. jack1059 (Posts: 72; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)

Hardly news given the purchase of Skype. I But i have to say that I hate always on. I'll turn it on when I'm ready to call someone or receive a call thanks. Always on is a negative for me.

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 16:15

10. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 847; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

You will have the option to sign out and not be "on".

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 18:28 1

11. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)

Finally, all the pieces are coming together. My wp and pc working as one and looking as one. All you droidboys are going to look rediculous with a android phone and windows pc, but i guess youre used to a lack of uniformity and design...

posted on 22 Oct 2012, 18:40

12. ncv144 (Posts: 126; Member since: 04 May 2012)

they really should stop calling it "Modern" and start calling it "Live" (you know, for the Live tiles).

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