Exclusive: Try out Windows 8’s Skype app today at your local Microsoft Store

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The Windows 8 operating system is ready to go, but there are still many high profile apps which have yet to arrive in the Windows Store, such as Netflix and Skype. While you’ll have to wait a bit longer to get your hands on Netflix, we’ve exclusively learned that a pre-release version of Microsoft’s Skype app is installed on demo tablets at most Microsoft Stores. Best of all, you can play with it today.

Each Microsoft Store is equipped with a few demo tablets running Windows 8 and a variety of sample apps, including Skype. It’s important to note that the app is still in development – that’s why it’s not yet available in the Windows Store, after all. As a result, menus will sometimes appear behind other content and it can be difficult to change users. Don’t go in expecting to use your personal Skype account. If you’re the first person to use the app, you might need to ask if there’s a demo account you can sign into. That being said, audio and video calls work well, and the interface looks great.

If you want to check out Skype before it becomes publicly available, just head on over to your local Microsoft Store.

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/ Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.

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6 thoughts on “Exclusive: Try out Windows 8’s Skype app today at your local Microsoft Store

  • Avatar of Chaoticwhizz

    Weird, I was just in a Microsoft store a few days ago and none of the employees mentioned Windows 8 tablets. They were pushing the phone hard and xbox stuff but no mention of Windows 8.

    • Avatar of William Devereux

      Yeah, they’re not really marketing Windows 8 yet, but they do have some demo tablets/slates in the store. These are the ones with the Skype app. I’d ask if you can take a look at devices.

  • Avatar of Abraham

    Interesting. I dont know where there is a Microsoft near me though, haha.
    I am signed up to receive that 15 dollar upgrade when Windows 8 is released. I might just wait it out and let it be a surprise, lol.

  • Avatar of Kishan Patel

    I want to go to a Microsoft Store badly, but as a poor college student, I have no means of traveling what would be a 20ish minute car ride. :/

    • Avatar of Alfonso

      Well, let’s hope they release it quickly.

  • Avatar of etiyi

    Huh I didn’t even know microsoft stores were a thing.


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