Microsoft promised a lot of things in the run-up to the launch of Windows 10 and delivered many of them (especially for consumers) in time for the operating system’s release on July 29. Now, it seems that Skype integration with the new OS will be coming soon, thanks to apps Microsoft is trying out on early adopters who get beta builds of Windows 10.
The company released a new beta of Windows 10 Monday morning that includes new Messaging, Phone and Skype video apps. Those apps do exactly what their names imply — they allow users to connect to other people through Skype’s messaging, voice and video calling capabilities. They’re the replacement for the Windows 8 Skype app that Microsoft discontinued a couple months ago, and will be available to consumers broadly in a subsequent update to Windows 10 coming later this year.
In addition to running on PCs and tablets, those new apps will also be released for Windows 10 Mobile. It’s an important move for the company, considering that Skype is competing with a slew of other messaging apps, including the Hangouts app that Google builds into Android, and Apple’s iMessage and FaceTime apps that are built into Macs, iPhones and iPads.