By now, most Windows fans should have their calendars marked for October 17, the day when Windows 8.1 will be rolled out for users. Microsoft officially confirmed the news and the update will be made available for free for existing users via Windows Store.
One key new feature included in the update is better integration of the built-in applications in Windows 8.1. Microsoft now reveals it’s future plans for its voice and video messaging service, Skype, which will be bundled with Windows 8.1. Skype will take place of the default Windows 8 messaging application providing users with voice, video and instant messaging features.
According to Microsoft,
Skype, Right from the Start. We believe 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.
Microsoft has been working on integrating a number of applications with the upcoming Windows 8.1, such as Outlook.com and Xbox One. Windows 8.1 users will be able to answer Skype calls from their lock screen on Windows 8.1 tablets; a good thing for all Windows users.
Who’s excited about Windows 8.1?