The team at Skype recently posted a video detailing the cool features of the Skype for Windows 8 application, that’s totally adapted to the UI of the new OS. Recent chat messages and calls appear immediately when you launch Skype on Win 8, together with a listing of people that you contact most often. It’s much easier to add favourite contacts now and they are one tap away, thanks to the new system.

You can also call landlines or mobile phones easier with Skype, thanks to a modern dial pad, that has been improved. It’s all about the Skype Credit you can use for those calls and active subscriptions too. The interesting thing is that when using Windows 8 you’re always available and reachable even if you’re using a desktop, laptop, tablet or convertible PC with Skype, that’s running in the background. Also, that running in the background won’t drain your battery.

The discrete notifications system in Windows 8 applies to the new Skype app as well, with those clear sounds and cute little blue windows to the right of the screen. The folks behind Skype wanted to create an experience that’s fit to both keyboard and mouse and touch use. What we get is an uncluttered Skype experience, as shown in the video below. The Skype live tile from the Windows 8 home screen shows if you have missed calls or new messages and just like the entire multitasking system you can snap the app on the left side of the screen while doing something else on the rest of the screen.