Introducing Skype, new and improved, for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1

Joining the long list of exciting announcements Wednesday at Microsoft’s Build conference in San Francisco was a sneak peek into the upcoming Skype app for Windows Phone 8.1 and Skype updates to Windows 8.1.

The emphasis for the app is on having the best Skype experience on the go, says Lara Kingwell, a product marketing manager at Skype. You’ll be able to easily upgrade your audio phone calls to Skype video calls, or use Cortana, Windows Phone 8.1’s virtual assistant, to quickly chat with friends and family via Skype.

When you buy a Windows Phone 8.1 device or update your existing Windows Phone, Skype will be pre-installed with selected carriers and ready to use, giving you an easy, affordable way to connect with the people who matter most.

Those with Windows Phone 8.1 will still have the same great Skype features they’ve come to love on other Windows Phone devices, such as:

· Real time, Live Tile notifications
· Video instant messaging
· HD 720p video calls

With Windows 8.1, it will be easier to reach the special people in your life across all of your devices: tablets, computers, Xbox and TVs. As part of Build, Skype also announced improvements, including the ability to pin Skype to your start screen or taskbar.

The excitement is building at Build and beyond. Check out the Skype Big Blog for more on Skype for the new Windows Phone and Windows 8.1.

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Aimee Riordan
Microsoft News Center Staff