Skype Will Replace Messaging App In Windows 8.1; Finally Built-Into Windows

The Verge is reporting that Skype will indeed be built into the final version of Windows 8.1.  This was expected as the messaging app had been neglected since its release in 8.0, and it was not included in the Windows 8.1 preview.  Skype support will be built into the lock screen, as was demoed in the keynote yesterday, and you will be able to receive voice and video calls without logging in.

Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion over two years ago.  Back in April Microsoft forced Live Messenger users  to start to migrate over to Skype.

Source: The Verge

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  • Mark Gibbs

    That’s nice but you can’t tell anymore who is online or not because the people app is not working with facebook anymore too and messange not installed you can see friends who are online… kind of was a really good feature that I used all the time …

    • SteveyAyo

      Well, its not yet part of the 8.1 preview so its hard to say how it will actually work

  • counterblow

    this sucks, Skype sucks….

  • adambomb

    What about Windows Phone? I’m still wondering why we are getting the shaft on Skype when other platforms have a better experience and more feats than us….There is so much FUD on tech blogs and tech sites now with mobile consumers stating that MS doesn’t care about WP because they push out apps faster for other platforms than their own.

    Why MS? This isn’t helping current WP consumers and future WP consumers making the switch.

    • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

      There will be little Windows Phone news until Q1 2014. The group is behind schedule compared to the rest of the company.

  • Willem Evenhuis

    will it intetegrated into the peoplehub/app as well. That’s what I”m missing. I do not want a seperate app for messaging. Make Skype and messaging part of the people’s app/hub. Just like in windows Phone.

  • PoohGQ

    A Microsoft is really cutting the branch while sitting on it!! I noticed that Messaging was missing as soon as I installed W8.1.. Funny thing is Microsoft has been cutting services before making sure that the replacement was working better than what was in place.. Wow! It really looks like there’s some real disconnect in Redmond Campus.. I will only using messaging on my phone for now until they cut that too..

    • Mike366

      Isn’t it just “preview” version? Also RT user can use outlook now :)

    • elpadr1no

      Can’t you just download and use the current Skype app as it is?

      • PoohGQ

        Yes, I have both the desktop and Metro versions on both my PCs. It’s just that chatting with Facebook and MSN messenger contacts [and Yahoo contacts for that manner] is completely useless..!!!!

  • Emiliano Magliocca

    good but skype need few improvements:
    - real offline messages (like messenger)
    - facebook integration for win8 e wp8 app
    - merge with messaging hub in wp8
    - merge with microsoft profile