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Microsoft highlights Skype for Windows 8.1, answer calls and see IMs from the Lock screen

Skype on Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1, which was released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers earlier today, is set for general availability on October 18th. With Windows 8.1, Microsoft will be replacing the Messaging app for the Skype app, which comes with a ton of new features and messaging capabilities. Microsoft is offering a look at the new Skype features for Windows 8.1.

“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,” Microsoft stated in an official blog post.

Skype for Windows 8.1 allows users to click to call directly through Internet Explorer. This makes it easier to book a restaurant reservation, for example. The Skype app not only comes pre-installed in Windows 8.1, but when you click on a link within Skype or shared item, Skype will remain open in Snapped mode so you can work alongside Skype. 

“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,” Microsoft explained.

Users can also see their missed calls, instant messages, and answer calls directly from the lock screen. Users can also respond to calls via video messaging, audio, or decline a response with an instant message instead, directly from the Start Screen!

Skype for Windows 8.1 will come pre-installed in Windows 8.1, which rolls out October 18th.

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