Skype can now be pre-installed on new PCs for OEMs

If you buy a new PC, there's now a chance that it could come with Skype already installed on your hard drive. Microsoft is now offering a number of PC OEMs and system builders a way to download the Skype OEM Preinstallation Kit, which will allow those PC makers to install the Internet phone and video service on new PCs.

This new addition is just one of many software products that can be pre-installed on new Windows 7-based PCs. The Microsoft OPK page lists a number of other products that system builders can install on their systems, including Internet Explorer 9, Microsoft Security Essentials and of course Microsoft Office. The addition of Skype to this list means that Microsoft considers Skype to be an important piece of the software puzzle for new PCs going forward.

It will be interesting to see just how many new PC makers take the plunge and pre-install Skype on their hard drives. It will certainly be a big advantage for Microsoft to have Skype already available to use on new PCs as it seeks to get the most out of the $8.5 billion acquisition of the company. It remains unknown if there will also be an option to have Skype pre-installed on Windows 8 PCs when they launch.

Via: Bink.Nu and ZDNet
Source: Microsoft

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Ive been setting up new HP Pro / Elite PC's for over 9 weeks now and they have all come with Skype pre-installed, so much crap i have to remove now when setting up a new PC its madness.

Shikaka said,
Ive been setting up new HP Pro / Elite PC's for over 9 weeks now and they have all come with Skype pre-installed, so much crap i have to remove now when setting up a new PC its madness.

Create an image to install from. Far easier.

it's been preinstallable since long time ago. had it on two sams notebooks, one bought half a year ago and another year and a half. Asus has it preinstalled as well, afair.

Glassed Silver said,
Oh come on, make it an OS feature already and feed the EU regulator trolls with a sweet N version again.

/solved

GS:mac

It will be built in, too bad there is a slight chance of that in W8. Maybe W8 SP1.

CM:win

Glassed Silver said,
Oh come on, make it an OS feature already and feed the EU regulator trolls with a sweet N version again.

Trollolololol. Skype is spyware with a known security issue that Microsoft intentionally refuses to fix.

JAB Creations said,

Trollolololol. Skype is spyware with a known security issue that Microsoft intentionally refuses to fix.

Can't tell if serious...?

Not any more ;-)
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Skype pre installed? Why all this extra software? That's why, when I buy a new laptop/desktop, I first erase everything and reinstall Windows ;-)

TrOjAn. said,
That's why, when I buy a new laptop/desktop, I first erase everything and reinstall Windows ;-)

You don't need to erase everything. Just reinstalling the OS will do the trick you know.