After the announcement that Microsoft had purchased Skype back in 2011 rumours whirred around regarding what this would mean for Windows phones. While it was not clear when exactly changes would be made and what the details would be, consumers were excited about the fact that Skype would be integrated with Windows Phones. Now, more information is known about the integration. Here is a rundown of the essential facts of the development, at least those we know so far. 

Windows Phone 8 does indeed include Skype, which is a big plus for many mobile phone users. Many consumers will indeed be heading to sites like O2, to try and find out more about the immanent release and looking for any more details that they can find. What we do know, is that the new Windows 8 Phone has a 2.1MP camera on the front, which is capable of capturing an angle of up to 88 degrees. This means that up to 4 people should be able to fit into the shot during a Skype call. This is great news and it will make keeping in touch and socialising even easier.

During a press conference, Nokia actually revealed some details of Skype's new interface for the Windows Phone 8. According to a video, the new application will feature buttons that hover over the video calling screen. The normal chat messaging facility that comes with Skype will also be available, allowing users to chat with each other regularly, easily and for free. This app will be included in the People and Phone Hubs and should be a big step forward for Windows Phones.

According to the Inquirer, the new Windows 8 handset is likely to be released on 8th November, an appropriate date according to the phone's title. Consumers will no doubt be eager to get their hands on it and to try out the newly integrated Skype, as well as the many other new and exciting features.