Thursday, August 16, 2012
Posted by Saad Hashmi at 10:34 PM —
Windows 8 is closing in on its October 26th launch date, and we're surprised we haven't heard about a few key services that may be instrumental to getting Microsoft's new OS off the ground. Things like Xbox Video, Xbox Music, how the Xbox Live subscription will work in Windows 8, and of course where Skype fits in.
It looks like we can cross off the latter though, as Neowin has obtained the first images of what the video chat looks like with a Modern makeover. As expected, it sticks to the same white-poofy-clouds aesthetic just as the other mobile apps do, but obviously in Windows 8 there's a lot more real estate to work with. After playing with a leaked copy, Neowin writes that the app is "fluid and dare we say fast too", which is definitely a claim nobody can make about the current desktop client on Windows 7. Despite the 'App Preview' labeling, they also say there were no issues making calls or multi-person chats as well.
There's no telling when exactly Skype for Windows 8 will hit the Store and be available for everyone, but if this preview is any indication then the app is nearly ready for primetime. Dial in on the source link below for more screenshots.