Skype for Windows 8 gets a sneak peek with new Metro UI

Although we have no idea what to call the new Skype UI that is in early preview release (Metro? Modern?), we know how we feel about it. Swoon.

Neowin has managed to get their hands on a preview-release for the new Skype app and they even tossed up a few screenshots noting that the app is so far rocking pretty hard, even for a preview edition...

“The UI is fluid and dare we say fast too. The Skype team has done a good job at making the application finger friendly and so far, we have not had any crashes with the platform.”

This Skype preview is not for general release so don’t go looking for it just yet but our gut tells us this will launch when Windows 8 does in the fall. Can we say for once that we’re actually really excited for a Skype launch? Because we are.

Head to Neowin for more images.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Now how about a Windows Phone version that doesn't suck.
  • It's called Windows Phone 8.
  • Oh man, I'm liking your replies lately.
  • H.A.M
  • Me usually replying -->
  • Ha, that's what she said.
  • I....don't think you realize the meaning behind that joke.
  • I don't think you understand my joke.
  • Scotch?
  • Close, bourbon,
  • I wouldn't say it sucks... It works very well once into the app. Definitely looking forward to Skype for in Windows Phone 8.
  • The next Xbox is gonna have a cool Skype feature where gamers can see u while u game
  • That sounds really horrible :)  I don't need anybody watching me while I game.
  • They seem on the right track once i can live in metro (gonna call it that till they get a worthy name) i think windows 8 will be awesome less reason to go to desktop better
  • It shall be metro till they ban the word from the world :P
  • +1 on that! Let Metro AG sue us for using the word metro!
  • Looks like a blown up version of the current WP app Which isn't a bad thing
  • You almost have to wonder if UI devlopers are dying laughing over this new trend.
    "So, you want us to do less work and barely do any graphics? Done! Paycheck, please!"
  • A minimal design means there is nowhere to hide. So you might actually have to think harder. Like removing the makeup (chrome) off an ugly face.
  • Its not metro UI its the modern UI :-P
  • It's not actually that either--not officially, at least. If you talk to MS they simply have no answer or consensus yet.
  • I'll continue to use metro! Let Metro AG sue me!
  • Well they do have some time to think before windows 8 officially releases. I'm like the term modern or even the design of the future UI lol people would start to think there iPhone and androids are out dated
  • If I remember correctly MS has an acute aversion to using the term 'Modern' to describe anything (UI/Hardware etc.) - the thinking behind it is that if something is classed as modern now, it won't be too long before it's perceived as dated.
    So I'll be sticking with Metro ftw.
  • Modern ui, not metro
  • It's still metro to me so sue me for using the word!
  • I wanted to see the toast notification and live time and video chat screenshots. Actually, I might have drooled and ruined my phone if I saw those pics. :)
  • I don't want or need skype in full screen, don't want it stuck on the side taking space when not used. as another app on the task bar, IM clients are great, but with win8 apps it's not going to work no matter how good the design looks.
  • you don't need to be on the actual skype screen for itto work...
  • You forget, when it comes to Windows 8 everything us unusable, ugly, not for desktop users, etc. Facts like skype being able to run in the background, even the modern version, are totally irrelevant.
  • Facts?
  • Troll much?? Your comments are irrelevant, not Win8 or WP8......
  • i'm pretty sure that was sarcasm. I guess the thought I'm a win8 hater, but I've been using it since the first public release and I think it's great. it just that a metro version of skype will be annoying
  • Actually this might work pretty well as a Metro sidebar app.
  • like I said, I don't want it stuck on the side taking up screen space and so far switching between the metro apps is a pain when working on a desktop/laptop. I wouldn't mind so much if the desktop version didn't crash all the time on win8
  • You said the M word! Le gasp! /s
  • I'm really excited about to hear good things about Skype because all the apps suck in every platform so far.  I really hope they make a BlackBerry/PlayBook version as well.
  • Wow, It looks like crap. :/
    UI designers need some homework.
  • This Skype totally blows away the crappy iPhone facetime which seems to have died out.
  • it didn'd died out, it was stillborn
  • LOL!
  • perfect!
  • why did wpcentral posted 2 same external links?
  • Looking hot there :-)
  • Microsoft can play it's wussy sandbox alone but the rest of us should continue to use "metro"
  • Amen!
  • I actually like Modern UI better than Metro UI. The whole metro metrosexual thing is still too fresh in people's minds. The term modern UI also makes a lot more sense to non-geeks who haven't been following this development.
  • MS should ask me what the the UI should be called.  I give you..."Tile Based UI" :-)
  • Personally, I'd like to see a re-branding to Surface. SurfaceUI is good on a Surface phone.
  • The Surface needs to sell well before we start to go that route.  It took the Xbox 10 years of great sales before they started pushing that name onto other non-game services (Xbox Music).