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Microsoft has confirmed that Skype will be bundled with Windows 8.1 when the updated version of its Live Tile plated operating system ships in October. October 17 to be exact.

The software giant confirmed as much via blog post. Microsoft said the new integration as part of its “one experience” vision, along with more than 20 new and improved Microsoft apps and services that come as part of Windows 8.1, as it looks to make connecting and sharing across all screens a reality. The service is also included on Xbox One and Microsoft’s email service.

“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,” said Microsoft’s Ryan Gavin. “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 software itself will build on the Skype for Windows 8 app, taking into account feedback that the company has received from users of their Windows 8 app. Users will be able to answer voice and video calls from the lock screen, which will be particularly handy for tablets.

For now, users of Windows 8 can still download Skype by way of the app store as per usual.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at