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

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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10 Comments

1. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Nobody asked for more bloatware...

4. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

u call it bloatware?

8. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

I also call it BLOATware (also NSA-ware)

9. PotDragon

Posts: 214; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

6. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

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

3. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

we are now just wating

5. volcano

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

more than great to see it preloaded

7. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

10. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 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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