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Skype to Get New Windows 8 Look and Video Messaging

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Skype to Get New Windows 8 Look and Video Messaging
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It appears that Skype will be getting quite an overhaul this holiday season. The Verge is reporting that the popular video calling software will be getting a visual update to fit in with the new Windows 8 OS.

Citing unnamed “sources familiar with Skype’s plans,” The Verge states that Skype is now testing a new UI for all platforms. The new interface is “metro-inspired,” referring to the tile-based interface of Windows 8. A shift toward this design can already be seen in the newest beta version of the client.

In addition to aesthetic changes, it is also rumored that Skype will be getting a video messaging service. The feature will allow Skype users to leave a video message for their contacts, who can the watch it the next time they log on, the same way a voicemail or text would be received. The Verge points out that this is a similar feature to the now-defunct Windows Live Video Messages. Video messaging is rumored to be coming “in time for the holidays” along with an outlook.com integration feature.

All of this points to the fact that Microsoft is now fully in control of Skype’s future and sees it as an integral part of its new OS strategy. The Skype client has not changed dramatically since Microsoft acquired it last year, but that appears to now be changing.

Skype to Get New Windows 8 Look and Video Messaging
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  • Fantasm

    I frakking hate the whole Metro/modern UI…
    It looks like crap… and I will avoid it whenever possible…
    It might be good for pre-schoolers, but seriously, Windows 8 has been installed, tested and rejected on my system… mostly because it looks awful on my big screen… I don’t like it and I doin’t want it…

  • Yup Guy

    I enjoy the windows 8 UI, and I’m currently waiting for everything to be intergraded and available for use.

  • http://www.yashsquare.com Yashsquare

    Whatver the UI is, Skype should be skype without comprimising the video quality and audio quality. as far as the instant messengers are concern, I see Skype as the best and I do use it in my windows and MAC. And yes offcourse, there was no major changes after skype was acquired by microsoft. So let me use the new windows skype.

  • Nice!

    Cool!

    can’t live without Skype :)

    I’m digging the new Windows 8 Metro look. Once you know your way around, it’s actually a super system. Most will find it frustrating at first, as I but again, once you know the innards and understand where this is going. Only then you will understand. I have invested more in Windows software than any other(Android or Apple) software, so I am pleased to see these changes coming ahead.

    Hey, I enjoy the Apple and Android stuff but when I can eventually run my production, photography software, Traktor and a midi controller from a Windows Tablet, then I will be stoked.

    Good Times Ahead ;-)

    • Sheeple

      Troll. Windows 8 sucks ass. Way to ruin a perfectly awesome piece of software by making it go the “Windoze Way”.