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Windows 8.1 will include Skype as default messaging service

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Microsoft has confirmed that Skype will replace the default Messenger app when the Windows 8.1 update rolls out later this year.

Despite forking out $8.5 billion on Skype in 2010, Microsoft chose not to pre-install the app within the Windows 8 software, instead making users download it from the Windows Store.

Now, in a blog post published on Thursday, Microsoft has revealed Skype will be the go-to messaging option on both Intel and ARM-based Windows 8.1 devices, come October when the update drops.

Skype 'Right from the Start' as Microsoft says will form part of a bundle of Microsoft's own apps like Xbox Music, Sky Drive, Internet Explorer, Mail, Video, Games and Photos, making up the core experience.

"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."

The inclusion of Skype, albeit belatedly is no real surprise given Microsoft's expenditure and the way the company has phased out the once-beloved MSN messenger platform in favour of Skype.

Other Windows 8.1 improvements will be the much heralded return of the Start button and navigation system, improved SkyDrive integration, better personalisation options and more.

Via ZDNet

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