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Skype for Windows 8 coming this week

Skype, ever since its launch way back in 2003, has become the most used network for voice and video calls, since it is less expensive when compared to most wireless carrier charges in the world. And not just that, the service also offers free voice and video call minutes to any other Skype user in any corner of the world. Plus, the service is available both on computers and any mobile device.

Microsoft bought Skype for 8.5 billion American dollars back in 2011, and ever since then, the service has improved. And now that the Redmond based operating system giant is releasing the new version of the Windows operating system, the Windows 8, on the 26th of this month, Skype is becoming the default client for video calls. And that is not a surprise because the company owns the service and wants to take full advantage of it.

The most attractive feature of the combination is the integration of Skype into the People Hub, which is the app that manages all your contacts on a Windows 8 and a Windows RT machine. But what possible use can there be with this integration? Well, the people at Skype explain it this way:

“The People app brings all your personal and work contacts together, alive with their social activities and photos. Simply logging in to Skype and connecting your Skype account to the People app, will automatically add the Skype details of everyone you want to keep in touch with. You can even reach your contacts who aren’t yet on Skype through calling their mobile or landline number if you have a phone number stored for them and a little Skype credit or a subscription.”

You can watch the video below to get an idea of how the service will be on your tablet. The People app was first introduced in Windows Phone smart phones, and now it has grown up to include more features.

Source: GigaOm

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