Today and tomorrow are both pretty big days for Microsoft’s Skype. First up, we have the newest version of Skype for Windows (desktop). The newest version not only helps push Messenger integration forward, it also has a nice, clean Metro-like look.

Right away I updated and took notice that there was now THREE ways to sign into Skype. You can go old-school and use your Skype account, or you can use your Microsoft account or even Facebook to get into the Skype action.

Going forward, Microsoft has big plans for Skype. You’ll be able to talk to all your Messenger and Xbox friends, and you’ll even been able to call these individuals- just like with standard Skype accounts.

Messenger is dying, and Skype is the future. Don’t be shocked if a Skype app shows up for the Xbox 360 in the very near future, as well.

Okay, so I said the look changed. Yes, it has a more simple curves and lines that are inspired by Metro. Honestly though, it’s not THAT different in the UI department. Other new features include support for six new languages and multiple window and retina support for Mac.

You can download Skype 6.0 now (Windows | Mac).

Skype for Windows 8

Skype for Windows 8

Skype for Windows 8 Start Screen UI

Alright, so what about Windows 8’s touch UI version of Skype? We already heard it was coming on the 26th, which is why I said today and tomorrow is a big day for Skype. The truth is this is only partly true…

Claims are pouring in across the net that some users are now finding live links for downloading Skype for the new UI via Windows Store. I stopped by there myself and found I was apparently out of luck– but many regions like the UK have reported success.

If you are running Windows 8 now, it might not be a bad idea to head to the store and see if you have access. If you don’t, the good news is that you will tomorrow.

Anyone having luck getting Skype yet? If so, what do you think of it?

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