One of the worst parts about Windows 8 is the fact that, if you ever want to run a “classic” Windows application that doesn’t run on the new Windows 8 user interface, you’re forcibly switched to the old school Windows UI, which makes multitasking and the two types of applications an absolute pain. Good news, though – if Skype is a critical part of your day and you’re planning on picking up a copy of Windows 8 when it’s released on October 26th, you’ll have no problem between the two: Skype is developing a 100% Windows 8 native version of their client, complete with most if not all of the features found in the old Windows “Classic” version.
Neowin’s got the scoop with a hands-on of the new client, and the found it to be not only working but actually pretty good, even in its presumably early beta state. Text chats and audio chats both worked as expected with zero crashes and zero dropped calls. It’s clear that Microsoft and Skype are putting a lot of effort into this to make it a first class application on the new Windows 8 UI.
Skype for Windows 8 will presumably be released either alongside or not long after Windows 8 is on the Windows App Store.