Skype has unveiled a Windows 8 version of its IP telephony and messaging client, just in time for the launch of Windows 8 itself later this week.
Skype for Windows 8, available from the Windows Store on 26 October, enables users to be always contactable whether they are using a desktop, laptop, or tablet PC, according to the firm.
While Skype has long supported Windows, the new version is optimised for Windows 8 and its Modern UI (formerly known as Metro), so that it does not drain battery life and takes advantage of new user interface features.
Once installed, Skype appears on the new Start screen of Windows 8 as a live tile, so that users can see at a glance if they have missed a call or any new messages.
When opened, Skype supports the Snap feature of Windows 8, whereby the app can be snapped into a small panel at the side of the display, even in a video call, alongside another app.
Skype said it has also linked the new app with Windows 8's People app, so that Skype contacts are available there.
With Skype for Windows 8, the company said it has focused on how people are using Skype today, and re-imagined Skype for everyday communications across its global community.
Skype for Windows 8 is set to be pre-installed on some Windows 8 devices, Skype said, but can also be easily downloaded from the Windows Store built into Windows 8 itself.
Skype itself is a fully owned subsidiary of Microsoft since being acquired by the software giant last year.
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