With Windows 10 on the horizon, Microsoft is busy implementing its universal app across the board on its popular apps. This includes Skype which will become a single desktop application for PCs. Prior to the decision, Skype was available as a touch app for Windows 8 for computers with touch screen capabilities in addition to the original version for non-touch enabled computers.
Also interesting here is the terminology of the two versions by Microsoft with the touch app being referred to as “modern” and the original version being called “desktop app.” To get users on board with the move, Microsoft will start nudging them towards the modern version on July 7th. This version of Skype will also see the implementation of Skype Translator, which translates languages in real-time.
“With the upcoming release of Windows 10 for PCs, it makes sense to use the Skype application optimized for mouse and keyboards use, capable of doing touch as well rather than 2 separate applications performing the same function,” said Senior Product Marketing Manager Aga Guzik in a post.
Plans for Skype’s role in Windows 10 haven’t been clearly defined by Microsoft yet, but it appears that it will play a major role in the communication aspect of Windows 10. Expect things to fall into place with Skype when it is fully implemented into Microsoft’s messaging plans and as a universal app later in the year when other features start to filter in.