Skype for Windows 8
Skype is pushing out a new app to coincide with the launch of Windows 8 on Friday, and unsurprisingly, it’s built to take advantage of Microsoft’s new touch-centric desktop OS.
The whole package has been streamlined, and of course brought into line with Microsoft’s “new-style” Windows interface (formerly known as Metro).
Skype will get its own live tile, of course, and will run as a full-screen “uncluttered” experience, the Skype blog notes. You’ll also be able to snap the app side-by-side with other programs, so you can video chat and, say, browse the web at the same time.
Skype will also be fully integrated into the Windows 8’s People app, the new contacts book for Microsoft’s OS.
On the Skype blog page, the firm notes: “Recent chat messages and calls are right there as you launch Skype alongside the people that you contact most often. We’ve made it simple and easy to add your favourite contacts so that they are only one tap or click away.”
The app also introduces a new “modern dial pad” to make calling folks on landlines or mobiles easier.
You’ll be able to see it for yourself at the end of the week, providing you upgrade to Windows 8, that is.