It looks like video chat will be built into Windows 8.
The move isn’t exactly surprising given Microsoft’s recent purchase of Skype, and could give the company a nice answer to Apple’s Facetime.
Manan Kakkar noticed that the Windows 8 lock screen in Microsoft’s Wednesday night demo had a little icon that looked like a Web cam. It also had a little number “7” next to it, suggesting 7 missed video calls.
Digging a little deeper, he saw that enthusiasts had found some code in the current build of Windows 8 that references a chat app called Chatter.
The code suggests that the app will work with multiple services — not just Skype, but also perhaps Microsoft’s Lync (corporate messaging) and third-party services from competitors. It might also incorporate instant messaging.
Microsoft has done this before: Windows Messenger app was built into Windows XP, and let users connect to both the consumer service MSN Messenger (later renamed Windows Live Messenger) and the Communications Server corporate product (the predecessor to Lync). But Microsoft stripped Windows Messenger out of Vista and forced users to work with different clients for each service.