Microsoft demos Skype for Windows 8, coming Friday

Two months ago, the Skype app for Windows 8 leaked on the Internet, showing a glimpse of what the Microsoft division had in store for Windows 8 users. Now Microsoft has made the design official in a new post on the Skype Blog showing off the video calling service's new Windows 8 app.

The blog post, written by Mark Gillett, chief development and operations officer at Skype, focuses on the Metro interface of the Windows 8 app and how the Skype team designed the application to focus on ease of use. The first screen users will see when the launch the Skype app, for instance, displays a list of all recent contacts as well as tiles for favorite contacts and all contacts.


Users will see a list of recent contacts when they launch the Skype app for Windows 8.

The Microsoft division has also made calling landlines and cellular devices easier by including Skype credits and recent calls listed alongside the dial pad in the application.

Perhaps most importantly, Skype for Windows 8 will run in the background, which will provide users with notifications when another Skype user contacts them by video, voice or text. Gillett states the app won't drain a user's battery if they're on a tablet, laptop or hybrid device.

As with other Windows 8 Metro-style apps, users will be able to snap the app to the side of the screen to operate another application when Skype is still in use. Skype will also be integrated into the People app in Windows 8, with buttons that will allow users to instantly contact their friends with Skype directly from the People app.

The Skype app for Windows 8 will be released on Friday, coinciding with the launch of Windows 8 and Microsoft's Surface RT tablet.

Source: Skype Blog | Image via Skype Blog

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That's one of the things I don't much care for about Windows 8. I wouldn't mind if I could do a 50/50 with apps, but for some reason they opted for a 33/66% of screen for apps unless I'm mistaken.

KSib said,
That's one of the things I don't much care for about Windows 8. I wouldn't mind if I could do a 50/50 with apps, but for some reason they opted for a 33/66% of screen for apps unless I'm mistaken.
It's not a fixed proportion. The side app is a fixed width, the other app just fills the rest of the available space. I do agree that 50/50 would be better, or better still running it in a window on a large monitor (like media center will). I know that kind of defeats the point to an extent but I'd still like to see it. :-)

or you can do ANY SIZE using a proper windowing system. Placing artificial limits on a desktop OS is a bad idea.

ikyouCrow said,
i'm pretty confident there were at least 8 other people looking at their Skype icons when that video was playing.

I did!

i hope they announce the xbox version next week at Build.

I have a feeling that we will be seeing a flood of news from Microsoft this week because of the Windows 8 launch and BUILD next week.

rojorojo said,
i hope they announce the xbox version next week at Build.

I have a feeling that we will be seeing a flood of news from Microsoft this week because of the Windows 8 launch and BUILD next week.


I think the Xbox version may be a while coming, since the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 apps surely took precedent. With the next console almost surely launching next year, they may not even bother updating Video Kinect to Skype.

rojorojo said,
i hope they announce the xbox version next week at Build.

I have a feeling that we will be seeing a flood of news from Microsoft this week because of the Windows 8 launch and BUILD next week.

Of all the things to be excited about, for me this has been the biggest dissapointment. I think the Video Kinect app is spectacular. A livingroom game changer, but not until they make it Skype. My hope is that they unveil it Thursday for XBOX, the reality will be sometime in the future probably on the next console, although maybe a version for the 360 so that all the old consoles can get in on that. I wonder.

I'm hoping they take it all a step further, and replace all communications on the Xbox with Skype based tech. Though I imagine they probably won't do that until the next console. Imagine having Skype based parties across different platforms. Good times.

siah1214 said,
This guy's used it a lot so he knows.

It's not hard to make that determination when you're not a fan of full-screen apps on large desktop monitors.

Thank God that we can replace the bloatware that is the current Skype desktop client with a light (and sandboxed) metro app.