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Skype will be preloaded on Windows 8.1 and get prime Start screen real estate

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Skype will be preloaded on Windows 8.1 and get prime Start screen real estate
Yesterday, we found out exactly when the Windows 8.1 update would be making its way out to users, and today we're getting an interesting new piece of information on the update. Skype has announced that it will officially be baked into Windows in the new update, and it will be getting prime placement on the Start screen on all devices.

Skype has been slowly getting more and more integrated with Microsoft products as Microsoft's old Messenger app has been faded out. With Windows 8.1, Messenger will officially be replaced and Skype will become the default messenger app for the platform. And, as the default messenger app, it will be placed front-and-center on the Start screen, so users know they don't have to download it. 

Skype didn't go into detail on if the app would be more deeply integrated with other apps, but we certainly wouldn't be surprised. The Windows 8.1 update will be pushed out starting October 17th, and will be available in retail on October 18th. 

source: Skype

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posted on 15 Aug 2013, 12:26 1

1. ocilfa (Posts: 329; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)


Nobody asked for more bloatware...

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 13:24 6

4. valapsp (Posts: 469; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


u call it bloatware?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 15:56 1

8. Hammerfest (Posts: 362; Member since: 12 May 2012)


I also call it BLOATware (also NSA-ware)

posted on 16 Aug 2013, 00:17

9. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)


Of course...it can be resized, repositioned, or removed entirely from the home screen. We cannot expect complete or correct information from this writer.

To call it bloatware reveals a stunning lack of intelligence. I am surprised you can find the power button to your device.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 12:34 8

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5461; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Skype is awesome IM tool, let's hope that Microsoft won't screw it up.

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 14:31 1

6. Tsoliades (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


I can't see how Microsoft could mess up Skype.
Besides, haven't they owned it since like 2011?

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 13:23 3

3. Muzhhur (Posts: 240; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


we are now just wating

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 14:27

5. volcano (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


more than great to see it preloaded

posted on 15 Aug 2013, 15:10

7. PK1983 (Posts: 164; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


There are many important things on Windows 8 that Microsoft could add or fix.
This is not one of them. This is the equivalent of Apple including a compass with the iphone 3GS.

posted on 17 Aug 2013, 19:41

10. Glim12808 (Posts: 391; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


That's your own personal opinion. Integrating Skype, and among many other great improvements in W8, is welcome news. I hope it also gets integrated in WP8.1!

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