Microsoft will feature Skype ‘front-and-center’ in the upcoming Windows 8.1 release.

Baked into the core of the latest Windows update, you’ll basically see Skype as soon as you switch your PC on, so no downloads will be required.

Given the global popularity of Skype, it’s perhaps not that surprising that Microsoft would seek to make the VoIP service the “default communications experience on Windows 8.1″, as the company put it.

Windows 8.1 will start rolling out from October 18.

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