Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) will offer brand new features in its latest operating system, which will be released later this year.
Speaking at the AllThingsD Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, Skype CEO Tony Bates, told an interviewer that the company’s Internet telephony and video calling applications would be integrated in Windows 8.
The new operating system has been released as a download-able preview for users who want to install it on their computers for a test drive. The preview doesn’t reveal any significant Skype integration. Still, the preview may differ from the full Windows 8 release, ABC News noted.
Bates declined to reveal any additional details of how Skype would fit within Windows 8, adding that people would have to ”wait and see.”
Still, working the Internet telephony application into Windows 8 would mark the first integration of Skype’s services into Microsoft products since Redmond purchased the company for $8.5 billion last year.
Since the acquisition, Skype has added 80 million subscribers, hitting 250 million, Bates told the conference. But the CEO hopes to quadruple that number to more than 1 billion subscribers.
He said that a partnership with Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) would be key to driving the number of subscribers toward that target.