VOICE OVER IP (VoIP) service Skype announced Skype for Windows 8 today, which will be released along with the operating system on 26 October.
Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, detailed the app ahead of its release later this week, giving us our first glimpse at the restyled client.
The redesigned app ties in nicely with Microsoft's Windows 8 user interface, displaying contacts and favourites in tiles as well as integrating Microsoft's People application, which lets you see your contacts' latest Facebook status and pin your favourite contacts to the Windows 8 home screen.
The dial pad has also been tweaked to show your remaining Skype Credit balance alongside active subscriptions and recent calls.
"Designing Skype for Windows 8 we wanted to build a truly modern Skype, as comfortable and easy to use with touch as it is with a keyboard and a mouse," the firm said, referring to the app's ability to handle pinch to zoom gestures on touchscreen devices.
Skype said, "With Windows 8 we have built a new full-screen immersive and uncluttered Skype experience, but also bought other great new Windows features to Skype."
Skype also talked up the app's ability to resize video chats to take up just one third or two thirds of the screen, allowing users to multitask while using Skype.
What's more exciting however is Skype for Windows 8's ability to run in the background without draining battery life, which means that you can receive calls and instant messages even if you're in another application, while retaining battery life on your laptop or tablet.
The company continued, "Skype for Windows 8 is almost here and we are incredibly excited by this important new version of Skype. This is our big step forward together with Microsoft to introduce a completely new Skype experience, which is designed to be always on, immersive, effortless and fun to use.
"The team at Skype has been building on the Windows platform since the first release of Skype. With Skype for Windows 8 we've focused on how people are using Skype today, and re-imagined Skype for everyday communications across our global community."
Skype for Windows 8 will be available to download from the Windows Store on 26 October. µ
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