Microsoft has confirmed that Skype will be bundled with Windows 8.1 when the updated version of its operating system ships in October.
While Microsoft acquired Skype back in 2011, the software giant has only slowly been working to integrate the IP messaging and telephony client with its own offerings, including integration with the Outlook mail client in Skype 6.1 released earlier this year.
Now, the software giant has confirmed via a posting on the Windows Experience Blog that Skype will ship as a standard application bundled with Windows 8.1, the updated release of Windows 8. Windows 8.1 is set to be released at noon on October 17 UK time.
Microsoft touted the new integration as part of its "one experience" vision, which the firm said involves more than 20 new and improved Microsoft apps and services that come as part of Windows 8.1.
Microsoft's Ryan Gavin said that connecting and sharing should be a seamless part of every Windows experience.
"Over 300 million people today use Skype for the most personal connections in their lives, sharing those everyday moments big and small across messaging, audio and video calling. With Windows 8.1, Skype is included right from the start, making your new Windows device the best way to stay close and connected."
Meanwhile, Aga Guzik, head of desktop product marketing at Skype, said that the firm would continue to improve the service.
"With Skype in Windows 8.1 it will be easier than ever to connect and do more with the special people in your life, in any moment," Guzik said.
Daniel Robinson is technology editor at V3, and has been working as a technology journalist for over two decades. Dan has served on a number of publications including PC Direct and enterprise news publication IT Week. Areas of coverage include desktops, laptops, smartphones, enterprise mobility, storage, networks, servers, microprocessors, virtualisation and cloud computing.