New Skype app will launch with Windows 8

The application will be available later this week when Microsoft's latest operating system finally launches.

Skype for Windows 8.
Skype for Windows 8. Microsoft

Skype will stand alongside its parent company when Windows 8 launches later this week.

The VoIP provider today announced that it will have a new application ready for users when Windows 8 launches on Friday. The application, appropriately named Skype for Windows 8, offers the familiar features users would expect, including instant messaging and audio and video chatting.

Skype has received a bit of a face lift in the new app, featuring the new Windows look. That has resulted in a significantly different design than what current users have come to expect. However, the new version does appear to be a bit simpler and more streamlined.

In addition, Skype's upcoming app can be fully integrated into Windows 8's People Hub feature, allowing users to pin favorite contacts on a tile and view messages and notifications on the Start Screen.

It's no surprise that Skype will have its application ready for the Windows 8 launch. Last year, Microsoft acquired the VoIP provider for $8.5 billion . Since then, Microsoft has endeavored to bring Skype to its numerous products.

This story has been updated throughout the morning.

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