Microsoft Announces Skype Pre-release Version On Windows 8.1

Skype for Windows 8.1

Microsoft Skype team announced the pre-release version of Skype for Windows 8.1 devices. This pre-release version will offer fully integrated Skype on any Windows 8.1 device. Since Skype is built-in, you can now view your missed calls and instant messages, but you can answer calls directly from your lock screen. And on the Start screen, you’ll be able to choose how you want to respond, whether answer a call with video, audio or decline and send an IM instead.

Also with Skype for Windows 8.1, you can click to call directly through Internet Explorer, which makes booking a restaurant reservation a faster and more productive experience.

In Windows 8.1, Skype will automatically move to the side when you select any link in Skype or shared item, enabling you to do more while you chat. You can also snap Skype and adjust the size of the window, so whether you’re watching a show, listening to music, playing a game together or co-editing a document, you can do more while staying connected to those that matter to you.

Source: Microsoft

  • Dominik


  • grs_dev

    Does it let me send files to my Skype contacts?
    Does it let me pin my favorite contacts to my home screen?
    Does it let me share screens with my contacts?

    • CommonSense

      Why not install it and find out?

      • Yuan Taizong

        Some of us don’t want to lose personal data, of-course he can just run it in a virtual machine.

  • Yuan Taizong

    ¿Does it let me talk to my Facebook- & Google-contacts?
    ¿Does it have the same integration with as Windows Live Messenger?
    ¿Does it have the same basic features as W.L.M.?
    My only concern is that I would actually have to sign into the Facebook & Google+ to talk to some of my friends and relatives, I love about Windows 8 that I don’t have to do it, Winodws Live Messenger is quite well built-into it, but these new features are obviously superior to Windows Live Messenger’s basic features, but I don’t know if it will actually be ”an upgrade”, but so far I do like the fact that Skype will be built-into Windows.

  • NegLewis

    Skype must be incorporated into (as Calendar, People, SkyDrive…) are.
    A little Blue Tile.

    When MS will allow me to “install” on my Outlook-Cloud-Desktop some “tiles==apps”…?
    Their apps or others.

  • tomakali

    I personally like Microsoft Lync far far better than Current Skype features