The latest Windows 11 news revolves around where Microsoft views computing in the next few years, but also around the story of how Skype has risen to the spotlight and lost notoriety since its $8.5 billion acquisition. , a decade ago.
Five years ago, Skype was the big name in the Internet calling and video chapter, and Microsoft turned it into an “inbox app” for Windows 10 that was included by default in the install and launched at startup.
Now, after a year of pandemic in which more people use their PCs for voice and video calling than ever before, Skype was nowhere to be found in the Windows 11 presentation or materials. Instead, Microsoft Teams gets a high-profile spot in the new center-aligned taskbar and deep integration with Windows.
Microsoft’s vision of the future for Skype is already a reality everywhere – but that reality has turned competitors Zoom and FaceTime into household names. In June, when Microsoft made Teams available for personal accounts, the company was still paying attention to Skype, saying: “For people who just want a specially developed app, Skype is a great solution, and we support and encourage it. ”
However, now anyone who wants to use Skype will have to find it in the Microsoft Store just like any other app. A company spokesperson stated the following: “Skype is no longer an inbox app for new devices running Windows 11. The Skype app is available for download from the Microsoft Store for free.”
Skype’s precipitous decline over the past year is evident when it comes to which apps Windows 11 will make available out-of-the-box; even Windows Terminal will be in the package. Skype joins OneNote, Paint 3D and 3D Viewer as the apps that will no longer come with the operating system.