Windows 8 video hints at phone calling features

As we have seen in the past week in our extensive coverage of Microsoft's BUILD Conference, Windows 8 will have a ton of new features, along with a brand new touch-based interface, when it finally launches. But will one of those new features allow users of the operating system to telephone others directly from the OS? While Microsoft has yet to confirm that such a feature is planned for Windows 8, Istartedsomething.com reports that there is evidence that Microsoft is working on such a service for the operating system.

In a video from one of the BUILD Conference's sessions earlier this week, a slide was shown of Windows 8's Metro touch interface that shows a "Missed calls" tile with a telephone icon. That would suggest that users of Windows 8 would be able to make phone calls directly from the OS without the need for a third party software application.

Of course, Microsoft already announced back in May that it was planning to acquire the Skype Internet phone business. That $8.5 billion merger has yet to officially close but should be complete by the end of 2011. It's more than possible that Microsoft plans to use integrate Skype's technology inside of Windows 8. Microsoft also has its own mobile phone operating system, Windows Phone 7. There's been lots of speculation that a future version of that OS could be linked up or even merged with Windows 8 in some way. Microsoft is sure to reveal more about its plans for Windows 8 in the coming months.

Image via Istartedsomething.com

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Windows Phone 8 will be NT based, which means it is going to be a common OS to Windows 8.

Why would anyone be surprised to see features that Microsoft has ALREADY talked about?

Windows 8, on tablets will ALSO have cellular chipsets built in, so Phone features in a tablet is not unexpected, in fact it would be 'expected' if Apple wasn't the crap we are comparing everything to, and because they don't offer Phone support on the iPad, this is now somehow 'strange' or 'weird'. Really?

A headset or bluetooth, and your tablet is a fine phone, especially if you already have it with you and are already paying for cellular data/voice service on it, which most people that have 3G tablets already are, they just don't get to use the voice services for the allocated number. (Before the freaking iPad, SMS applications and even Voice applications for 3G data cards were not so unusual.)


Anyway, everyone, go back and reference what Microsoft has said now, very specifically. Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, will essentially be the same OS. As in Windows NT at the core of both. (If Windows Phone 8 is missing IIS or Media Center, I don't think people will be shocked, but it will be the same OS.)

thenetavenger said,
Windows Phone 8 will be NT based, which means it is going to be a common OS to Windows 8.

Why would anyone be surprised to see features that Microsoft has ALREADY talked about?

Windows 8, on tablets will ALSO have cellular chipsets built in, so Phone features in a tablet is not unexpected, in fact it would be 'expected' if Apple wasn't the crap we are comparing everything to, and because they don't offer Phone support on the iPad, this is now somehow 'strange' or 'weird'. Really?

Actually the fact that WP8 will be based on W8 was mentioned by Intel CEO Mr. Otellini several months ago.
Neowin reported his statement too:

http://www.neowin.net/news/int...-to-put-windows-8-on-phones

Said that good luck convincing US based carriers to give people two Sim cards for the same phone number.

IT Is definitely SKYPE - nothing else. Imagine all windows user can place call + Video through internet using Live ID. No Sign Up, no nothing. Microsoft is set to rule the world with Telephone Call and VOIP.

Google will be angry (other word is not allowed ) and sue to get its Google Voice to Windows 8.

Prepare for all the mess to happen.

satus said,
IT Is definitely SKYPE - nothing else. Imagine all windows user can place call + Video through internet using Live ID. No Sign Up, no nothing. Microsoft is set to rule the world with Telephone Call and VOIP.

Google will be angry (other word is not allowed ) and sue to get its Google Voice to Windows 8.

Prepare for all the mess to happen.

MS probably won't have Skype as a native feature, rather simply add integration to allow a seamless experience once the user downloads and installs it. OEMs probably will bundle as addon software before shipping anyway. If anything, I expect skype to be available through Windows Update just like IE and Silverlight, which is something not even Google will be able to complain about as it is still considered as an optional download by the user.

satus said,
IT Is definitely SKYPE - nothing else. Imagine all windows user can place call + Video through internet using Live ID. No Sign Up, no nothing. Microsoft is set to rule the world with Telephone Call and VOIP.

Google will be angry (other word is not allowed ) and sue to get its Google Voice to Windows 8.

Prepare for all the mess to happen.

"Finally, Rafael Rivera who analyzed the system configuration of the Samsung developer preview slate handed out at BUILD with a fine tooth comb found an Option wireless chip for the WiFi, GPS and 3G capability also included telephonic voice capability. Notably the radio supports quad-band 2G and peta-band 3G.

Even though tablet devices with phone calling capabilities are usually ridiculed for being giant phones, I think the option of being able to contact friends and family through voice calls on any device with a microphone is a useful utility, even if it's not the primary mobile device.

Of course this also paves the way for the Windows 8 kernel to pave the way for future versions of Windows Phone OS based on it."

http://www.istartedsomething.com/

htcz said,
I believe the tile is referring to Skype.

Confirmed...

If you look closely at the tile, there is a Skype favicon logo at the bottom right corner.

I don't think MS has any plans to change the brand name as there is simply nothing wrong with it and is pretty much universally recognized by just about anyone who has used the internet long enough.

Edited by BetaAddict, Sep 18 2011, 11:53am :

BetaAddict said,

Confirmed...

If you look closely at the tile, there is a Skype favicon logo at the bottom right corner.

I don't think MS has any plans to change the brand name as there is simply nothing wrong with it and is pretty much universally recognized by just about anyone who has used the internet long enough.


Maybe they're just integrated both regular calls and Skype in an unique hub, lime they should/probably will di in windows phone

BetaAddict said,

Confirmed...

If you look closely at the tile, there is a Skype favicon logo at the bottom right corner.

No, thats just number 5. Its called badge. I could be a number from 1 to 99 or one of the 99 pre-defined icons. In the bottom left is the icon.

BetaAddict said,

I don't think MS has any plans to change the brand name as there is simply nothing wrong with it and is pretty much universally recognized by just about anyone who has used the internet long enough.

yeah I figured it was skype... hopefully they can fix the mess that it is becuase I have to use a version I got from last sepetember becuase the current one crashes when I call any non-skype people randomly. it also never saves my mic settings!!!! Please fix this MS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!