Skype Integrated into Windows 8

When Microsoft releases Windows 8 on October 26, it might not have all the apps you’d wish for, but it will have Skype, says Phone Arena. More than a year after Microsoft shelled out $8.5 billion for the VoIP client, Skype will be 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.

Skype for Windows 8 is designed in the “Modern” UI design language, the name Microsoft now uses for Metro. This means you’d also have a Live Tile pinned to your home panel where you could easily see all of your latest notifications. Bill Gates likes it.

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. The principles of Metro (“Modern”) UI have been included in Windows Phone, the Xbox 360 dashboard update, and Windows 8.

Windows, which has more than a billion users around the world, is getting a radical makeover, a rare move for a product with such vast reach, notes the NY Times.

The Windows Store has Windows 8 packages, including Windows 8 Professional Upgrade ($69), Windows 8 Pro Pack ($69, product key card only), Windows 8 OEM ($99) and Windows 8 Professional ($139), with the latter two being available in both 32- and 64-bit versions (for the same price).

Windows8 devices include Asus PCs, Acer laptops and mini tower, Dell, HP Envy TouchSmart, HP Sleekbook, Lenovo, LG slider, Sony, Fuji tablets, Samsung PCs, Toshiba laptops, Visio, Windows RT Surface tablets, and many others.

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