Exclusive: Try out Windows 8’s Skype app today at your local Microsoft Store

The Windows 8 operating system is ready to go, but there are still many high profile apps which have yet to arrive in the Windows Store, such as Netflix and Skype. While you’ll have to wait a bit longer to get your hands on Netflix, we’ve exclusively learned that a pre-release version of Microsoft’s Skype app is installed on demo tablets at most Microsoft Stores. Best of all, you can play with it today.

Each Microsoft Store is equipped with a few demo tablets running Windows 8 and a variety of sample apps, including Skype. It’s important to note that the app is still in development – that’s why it’s not yet available in the Windows Store, after all. As a result, menus will sometimes appear behind other content and it can be difficult to change users. Don’t go in expecting to use your personal Skype account. If you’re the first person to use the app, you might need to ask if there’s a demo account you can sign into. That being said, audio and video calls work well, and the interface looks great.

If you want to check out Skype before it becomes publicly available, just head on over to your local Microsoft Store.

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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/Outlook.com Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.