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Skype bundled with Windows 8.1 update

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 Aug 2013 2:45 User comments (11)

Skype bundled with Windows 8.1 update Skype has announced that its Windows 8 app will be bundled with the Windows 8.1 update due to roll out in mid-October.
The app will be added to the revamped Windows 8.1 Start Screen, meaning that not only can you login and reach over 300 million Skype users across many different devices but also everyone with a Windows 8.1 PC.

"As the default communications experience in Windows 8.1, we will continue to focus on delivering the best communications experience for Windows users through Skype," the Skype blog reads.

"With Skype in Windows 8.1 it will be easier than ever to connect and do more with the special people in your life, in any moment."

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11 user comments

116.8.2013 11:31

Just another good reason to add to an ever growing list of not switching to win8

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 16 Aug 2013 @ 11:31

216.8.2013 12:15

How wonderful. Microsoft has already given the NSA and the government unfettered access to outlook and hotmail accounts, now they're throwing in another way for them to access your information through skype. I Guess they want to be able to see and hear you also.
What a fantastic addition to that operating system. No wonder it's selling so well, they just keep piling on the improvements.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 16 Aug 2013 @ 12:17

316.8.2013 13:59

I don't need Windows 8 in order to have Skype. Anything "bundled" with a new OS is simply BLOATWARE. I'm on XP and I've installed Skype separately!

416.8.2013 16:33

Isnt bundling skype returning to the days of anti competitive charges, in the same way they had such a slap on the wrist for doing it with ie??

517.8.2013 22:37

Originally posted by plazma247:
Isnt bundling skype returning to the days of anti competitive charges, in the same way they had such a slap on the wrist for doing it with ie??
Don't think so, i thought it was IE was installed by default, M$ made it a pain to install another browser, and put licensing in contracts with OEM's like de11, not to install other browsers on the machines.


617.8.2013 22:59

I think maybe your getting the windows licence sales tax on hardware and the browser ruling mixed together : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_U..._investigations

More of the same old if you ask me... does it come with a communications package choice screen giving a choice of skype, google talk/hangouts, viber, etc, nope, then watch this space

Even if it did it probably wouldnt display due to ermmmm technical reasons.... aparently..?!?!.

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718.8.2013 0:42

As long as I can stop it from auto-running at startup then I personally don't give a toss.


Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


DSE VZ300-
Zilog Z80 CPU, 32KB RAM (16K+16K cartridge), video processor 6847, 2KB video RAM, 16 colours (text mode), 5.25" FDD

819.8.2013 8:19

Originally posted by MagengarZ:
I don't need Windows 8 in order to have Skype. Anything "bundled" with a new OS is simply BLOATWARE. I'm on XP and I've installed Skype separately!
Why would anyone use XP voluntarily anymore?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 19 Aug 2013 @ 8:21

919.8.2013 10:16

Originally posted by pensfan12:
Originally posted by MagengarZ:
I don't need Windows 8 in order to have Skype. Anything "bundled" with a new OS is simply BLOATWARE. I'm on XP and I've installed Skype separately!
Why would anyone use XP voluntarily anymore?

For an old machine without much RAM.

Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


DSE VZ300-
Zilog Z80 CPU, 32KB RAM (16K+16K cartridge), video processor 6847, 2KB video RAM, 16 colours (text mode), 5.25" FDD

1019.8.2013 12:22

i'm using xp sp3 pro with 3 gigs of ddr2 ram on a gigabyte board with an intel dual core e6700 but i also have a win7 ultimate computer with 4gigs ddr3.

1119.8.2013 19:17

Yeah, a client had a late model EeePC 9XX (a nice machine) that needed a redo and I considered Win7 but as it had only 1 gig ram the XP factory restore seemed the way to go.


Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


DSE VZ300-
Zilog Z80 CPU, 32KB RAM (16K+16K cartridge), video processor 6847, 2KB video RAM, 16 colours (text mode), 5.25" FDD

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