Microsoft offers new info on Skype in Windows 8.1 RTM

With the official release of the RTM build of Windows 8.1 for TechNet and MSDN subscribers earlier today comes new versions of the in-house Modern apps that the company will include in the OS update. One of them is the new version of Skype, which will replace the Messenger app in Windows 8 when the update launches October 18th.

In a post on the official Skype blog, Microsoft says that the Windows 8.1 Skype app will allow users to call  a phone number that has been displayed on a website in Internet Explorer 11. The blog adds that the Skype app will automatically move into a Snap viewpoint when a link within Skype is clicked. The Snap view window can also be made bigger or smaller so that users can continue to work on another app while still chatting with the Skype app.

Skype on Windows 8.1 will automatically show any missed calls and/or instant messages, according to the blog post, and will also let people make phone calls from the Windows 8.1 lock screen or Start Screen. All in all, it sounds like the Skype app in Windows 8.1 could be one of the most used apps in the OS update.

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I really hope with this new skype that the fix all the inconsistencies across devices - i often don't get the one messages in one place. for example i won't get a message on my phone, then when i get home, will get it on my computer!

It seems obvious to me that Skype should have replaced the People app as well, these are virtual duplicates of each other.
I wish they would change the colour too, that tepid blue reminds me of many Excel 2003 spread sheets I've seen. It looks old.

Where's the Facebook chat integration? At least with the previous Windows 8 messaging app we could chat on Facebook, but they stripped it and we're left with nothing again.

"In a post on the official Skype blog, Microsoft says that the Windows 8.1 Skype app will allow users to call a phone number that has been displayed on a website in Internet Explorer 11."

Skype already has a plug-in it asks if you want to install to do that. How is that new?

@mac said,
"In a post on the official Skype blog, Microsoft says that the Windows 8.1 Skype app will allow users to call a phone number that has been displayed on a website in Internet Explorer 11."

Skype already has a plug-in it asks if you want to install to do that. How is that new?


Didn't work in Modern/Metro IE before, now it does.

@mac said,
Skype already has a plug-in it asks if you want to install to do that. How is that new?

Because Metro IE doesn't let you install plug-ins. A good thing IMO!

I wonder if they changed the design of the application. It's UI was terrible.
Like, more disastrous than Xbox Music (Which I got the hang of after a day)

The picture of the notification looks excellent. Is this a new notification style any 8.1 app can pull off, and if so, anyone have a link to the MSDN documentation of how to do it? Thanks!

cslawren said,
And yet, as a replacement for the Messaging app, I still can't message non-Skype contacts in the application.
It supports skype, microsoft accounts, and facebook. I'd love gtalk just to not have to run gtalk to talk to a few of my friends.

cslawren said,
And yet, as a replacement for the Messaging app, I still can't message non-Skype contacts in the application.

Isn't that annoying?

MrHumpty said,
It supports skype, microsoft accounts, and facebook. I'd love gtalk just to not have to run gtalk to talk to a few of my friends.

Facebook friend goes offline...you cant msg anymore.

I hope they fix the issue that if Skype rings on your phone and you answer it, your tablet/computer/whatever keeps ringing in the background. That's annoying (unless it's already been fixed?)

ZipZapRap said,
I hope they fix the issue that if Skype rings on your phone and you answer it, your tablet/computer/whatever keeps ringing in the background. That's annoying (unless it's already been fixed?)
If you let them *all* start ringing then it will stop when one is picked up. I get the feeling on the phone and tablet (modern/metro/sandboxed env) a notification is sent to the device, skype's voip is spun up and connects back to the service, then it starts ringing. If you answer before it has successfully connected to skype it will connect and just ring... very odd.

MrHumpty said,
If you let them *all* start ringing then it will stop when one is picked up. I get the feeling on the phone and tablet (modern/metro/sandboxed env) a notification is sent to the device, skype's voip is spun up and connects back to the service, then it starts ringing. If you answer before it has successfully connected to skype it will connect and just ring... very odd.

Yeah, definitely odd... One would think that the Skype servers would issue some type of command to the devices to stop ringing once it connects to an endpoint.

cleverclogs said,
Skype will only really be useable when they support offline Instant Messaging.
What do you mean by this? It already supports sending offline users messages and having them receive them when they are back online. Or have I just not run into your issue?

It appears that Microsoft is finally getting the cooperation of the Skype team they should of had when the merger took place.

I know a lot of work had to be done on the backend/server side for messenger/Skype integration, but there was no excuse for the lackluster functionality in the Windows Desktop, Windows 8 App, and WP8 Skype clients.