Microsoft has revealed its upcoming Skype App for Windows 8. In a official Skype blog, Mark Gillett, chief development and operations officer at Skype, writes, "we've focused on how people are using Skype today, and re-imagined Skype for everyday communications across our global community. Skype for Windows 8 is simple, fast and beautiful."
The new Skype for Windows 8 focuses on the fast and fluid Metro interface of the Windows 8 app, and puts the people and messages that matter most to you at the heart of the new experience. Once downloaded from the Windows Store, Skype appears on the new Start screen as a live tile that provides a window into the app, showing you if you have missed a call or have a new message waiting for you inside.
The first screen users will see after launching Skype app, for instance, show users a list of recent contacts as well as tiles for favorite contacts and all contacts. "Recent chat messages and calls are right there as you launch Skype alongside the people that you contact most often."
Also, it is now easier to add favorite contacts so that they are only one tap or click away.
And, as with other Windows 8 Metro-style apps, users will be able to snap Skype side-by-side with other Windows 8 apps when Skype is still in use.
Microsoft also made it easier calling landlines or mobile phones directly, with a new modern dial pad. You can easily see how much Skype Credit you have along with active subscriptions and your recent calls all in one easy view.
Notifications will also be available in Windows 8, providing users with alerts when contacted by video or voice calls as well as chat messages. And, the users of Windows 8, can be always available and reachable across the devices with Skype running seamlessly in the background without draining your battery.
Skype will also be integrated into the People app in Windows 8, with buttons that will allow users to instantly contact their friends with Skype directly from the People app.
For those not aware, "the People app is like your cloud-connected address book. By simply logging into the Skype app with your Microsoft account, all your Skype contacts will show up in the People app. Inshort, the People app brings all your personal and work contacts together, alive with their social activities and photos."
"Simply logging in to Skype and connecting your Skype account to the People app, will automatically add the Skype details of everyone you want to keep in touch with. You can even reach your contacts who aren't yet on Skype through calling their mobile or landline number if you have a phone number stored for them and a little Skype credit or a subscription," Gillett explains.
You can pin the most important people to the home screen so that a conversation is only ever a tap or a click away.
The Skype app for Windows 8 will be released on Friday on Windows Store.