Microsoft Revamps Twitter, Facebook, Skype Apps for Windows Phone 8

The Windows Phone 8 platform is here, and along with it, Microsoft has announced updates to its mobile apps for Twitter, Facebook, and Skype.

According to a report by The Verge, notifications, calendar events, and pictures for the Facebook app will be accessible from users’ lock screens, the Twitter app makes use of the new notification system, and the Skype app will allow users to receive calls and messages even when the app isn’t running and without draining the battery. All three apps are said to improve the functionality of previous versions.

The Windows Phone 8 event started this morning at 10:00 a.m. PT in San Francisco.

Writes CNET’s Shara Tibken,”Microsoft hopes its smartphone operating system will gain traction with users and better compete with Android and iOS.”

 

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