Skype users, you will be pleased to hear that the Skype pre-release has already hit Windows 8.1, and Microsoft would surely hope that this would be able to help enhance your everyday experiences. In this pre-release version of a fully built-in Skype app, it would pave the way for someone to experience the first of its kind, fully integrated Skype, as long as that particular device runs on Windows 8.1.
The presence of built-in Skype would mean that one need not miss a message, ever again. With Skype for Windows 8.1, you will be able to view your missed calls as well as incoming instant messages, in addition to answering those calls straight from your lock screen. Not only that, on the Start screen itself, you will be able to select on how you would want to respond, as to whether it is someone close to your heart who warrants a video call, plain old audio, or simply to decline the incoming call and send an instant message in place instead.
Skype for Windows 8.1 would also open up the doors for you to click to call directly through Internet Explorer (hmmm, who uses this browser any more these days?), and that would definitely make tasks such as making a restaurant reservation a whole lot faster and more productive.
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- 2014-03-10: Skype For Windows 8.1 Now Supports Chat Sync
- 2013-08-15: Windows 8.1 Ships With Skype Pre-Installed
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