Skype Preview App for Windows Phone 8; New WP8 TV Ads Featuring James Cordon, Holly Willoughby; IE10 Preview for Windows 7 Coming Nov 13; [Video] Dot-matrix Printer on Surface RT

Skype Preview app for Windows Phone 8, which features a modern design and comes with full video chat support is now available on Windows Phone Store.The app is similar to the one on Windows 8 because it allows users to receive chats and notifications for voice/video calls even if you are using another app or […]

Skype Preview app for Windows Phone 8, which features a modern design and comes with full video chat support is now available on Windows Phone Store.

The app is similar to the one on Windows 8 because it allows users to receive chats and notifications for voice/video calls even if you are using another app or the phone is locked. Using a modern interface as well as limited battery drain, Skype also features a resizable live-tile on your homescreen.

"Skype notifications can be added to the lock screen to appear alongside missed calls, unread emails and text messages, so there's no need to unlock your phone to check if you've missed a message or call in Skype," Microsoft stated.

Grab the Preview app on Windows Phone Store.

Skype preview app for Windows Phone 8: Start screen Live Tiles Skype preview app for Windows Phone 8: video chat interface

Microsoft has also aired two new Windows Phone 8 television commercials featuring James Cordon and Holly Willoughby. Watch the ads below:

In another Windows Phone tv advert, Microsoft fouces around the idea of having Windows Phone 8 "reinvented around you." Check it out:

"The new Windows Phone is the only phone with Live Tiles, designed to keep you closer to what matters most. Pin your favorite people, apps and more. Arrange your Start screen just how you want it and see everything that's going on, as it happens," reads the video description.

"Only Windows Phone has Live Apps-- a delightful innovation that makes apps easy to use and more amazing than ever. They bring the information you want right to your Start screen. Windows Phone is the smart phone built not for all of us, but for each of us. It's the smartphone reinvented around you," Microsoft added.

Microsoft last month announced of making available a Preview version of Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 7 -- now, the company has posted the download links:

Download 32-bit IE 10 Windows 7, and 64-bit IE 10 for Windows 7,

Microsoft's Director of Product Marketing for Internet Explorer, Roger Capriotti, had announced at a press event in Beijing that the preview version of the browser will be released for download tomorrow, reports iFanr, who attended the event.

The release dates of the final version of IE10 for Windows 7 has not yet been announced.

Finally, check out the video below, showcasing a Okidata dot-matrix printer (with parallel port connectivity!) connected to a Surface RT using a "Belkin USB to Parallel" cable and the printing works great.

Microsoft has touted the Surface RT tablet to be excellent when it comes to USB connectivity and this video proves it.