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Skype Pre-Release Arrives on Windows 8.1

Skype pre-release arrives on Windows 8.1 – enhancing your everyday experiences. 

Today, we released a pre-release version of Windows 8.1, and with it a first glimpse at a pre-release version of a fully built-in Skype app. We’re thrilled to share this preview with you so you can experience for yourself the first-ever, fully integrated Skype on any Windows 8.1 device.

With Skype built-in, you’ll never miss a message. Now, not only will you be able to view your missed calls and instant messages, but you can answer calls directly from your lock screen. And on the Start screen, you’ll be able to choose how you want to respond, whether answer a call with video, audio or decline and send an IM instead.

We began this journey with Skype for Windows 8, by making it possible for you to call anyone from your People app and pinned favorites, and share your photos and files directly from SkyDrive. Now, with Skype for Windows 8.1, you can click to call directly through Internet Explorer, which makes booking a restaurant reservation a faster and more productive experience.

Windows has always helped you do more – be it for work or play – and Skype helped to keep you stay in touch. Now together, with Skype and Windows 8.1, with app-to-app launching capability, you can communicate while getting more accomplished. In Windows 8.1, Skype will automatically move to the side when you select any link in Skype or shared item, enabling you to do more while you chat. You can also snap Skype and adjust the size of the window, so whether you’re watching a show, listening to music, playing a game together or co-editing a document, you can do more while staying connected to those that matter to you.

We look forward to continuing to improve the Skype experience on Windows 8.1 in order to deliver the best experience to you, our users.

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