When you install Windows 8.1, you’ll now have the opportunity to video call your friends and let them know that you’ve managed to successfully navigate the upgrade process, without having to download any additional apps.
In a post to its Windows Experience Blog, Microsoft announced today that Windows 8.1 will have Skype bundled with the operating system right from the get-go.
Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, will be available on the Start screen as soon as you boot up into Windows 8.1.
The software itself will build on the Skype for Windows 8 app, and according to a blog post by the Skype team, takes into account feedback that they’ve received from users of their Windows 8 app.
Apple pre-installs its FaceTime app on all new Macs, so it’s no surprise that Microsoft wants to make things as easy as possible for PC owners to stay on the company’s cross-platform video calling ecosystem.
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.