Microsoft releases Skype app beta for Windows Phone

Microsoft has today confirmed that its Skype app is now available for Windows Phone, as it continues to ensure that its software reaches multiple platforms. Microsoft has made a habit lately of releasing apps for Android and iOS, so Windows Phone users will no doubt be relieved to see their platform get some more app attention from the company.

The software is being released in beta form initially, and is available to download immediately from the Windows Phone Marketplace. The final ‘gold’ version of the app will be released at some point in April, and between now and then, the Skype team want to hear your feedback.

Skype for Windows Phone (Beta) will work both over wi-fi networks and standard 3G and 4G cellular networks. While Microsoft highlighted the fact that the app will only work Windows Phone 7.5, the company’s announcement unusually went further, by including a list of devices that have been “tested and certified...for the best performance of Skype for Windows Phone”; the list includes Nokia’s Lumia 710 and 800, HTC’s Radar and TITAN, and Samsung’s Focus S and Focus Flash handsets.

The beta release will be made available in English only; there’s no news yet on other languages that may be supported once the final app version is released. If you're cool with that, you can download it from the Marketplace now.

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i wish skype would integrate facebook contacts into skype just like spotify does. it would make finding friends a bit less tedious

Downloaded & installed on my HTC Radar and my wife's Radar. It is awesome! Even though it is beta, my wife and I feel that it is better than Tango. Video seems to be clearer and a lot smoother than Tango. Can't wait for its gold release in April.

dotf said,
I'd rather wait for full OS/Hub integration than use some beta of a stop gap solution.

I'd rather check it out right now, and be prompted to auto update when the time comes.

So, I typed "Skype" into the marketplace search and the first two search results were "Fart Nukes Free", and "Scream Machine". They got progressively darker after that. What the **** is up with Windows Phone lately? Here I thought I was getting something unique, but apparently I somehow still managed to buy a Droid.

Dot Matrix said,
So, I typed "Skype" into the marketplace search and the first two search results were "Fart Nukes Free", and "Scream Machine". They got progressively darker after that. What the **** is up with Windows Phone lately? Here I thought I was getting something unique, but apparently I somehow still managed to buy a Droid.

my 1st two results are Marketplace Search and Optical Illusions Free

Dot Matrix said,
So, I typed "Skype" into the marketplace search and the first two search results were "Fart Nukes Free", and "Scream Machine". They got progressively darker after that. What the **** is up with Windows Phone lately? Here I thought I was getting something unique, but apparently I somehow still managed to buy a Droid.

Maybe that's because it's marked as Private so you have to go through the Marketplace on a desktop or Laptop to install it.

doesn't look like it's searchable everywhere and I can't download it at work so I guess it'll have to wait. interested to see if it works better than Tango on my Samsung Focus on AT&T.

Zain Adeel said,
i noticed this is the first app where the splash screen is animated. looks really sweet.
The App design is very pleasant.

Nope. I know of at least one other animated splash screen that's been out for some time: FoxNews.

ScubaDog said,

Nope. I know of at least one other animated splash screen that's been out for some time: FoxNews.

Um, are you sure that is what they meant? There are several WP7 Apps with animated splash screens; however, I don't remember Skype having an animated splash screen on Android, etc.

FoxNews? Why on earth?

Even if you are conservative, why would you indulge yourself with misinformation? You would remain better informed by staring at a blank wall.

http://publicmind.fdu.edu/2011/knowless/

http://www.dailykos.com/story/...g-Fox-News-makes-you-dumber

It's a Beta guys so don't expect a good experience. Can you really not wait till the finished product is out???

as147 said,
It's a Beta guys so don't expect a good experience. Can you really not wait till the finished product is out???

Of course people could wait, but Microsoft is making it available for people to test and find bugs and express needs of any missing features.

There are also some people that have contacts around the world that use Skype and making calls gets expensive fast.

AWilliams87 said,
To bad there's a camera glitch on HD7's where the camera just stops working altogether.

Nevermind. I just found the solution online. Seems like HD7's camera lense can come loose.

I do find it strange the Lumia 800 is mentioned by Microsoft as 'best performance' since it doesn't have a front cam. And Skype has always been about video-calling.

They're all second gen Windows Phone handsets, which is where the "best performance" comes from. You can still video chat with your rear camera on devices that don't have a front one if you wish.

rvdv said,
And Skype has always been about video-calling.

Skype was originally voice only, you do realize this, right? This is why it took a couple of years to gain traction against Messenger and other products that did offer video-calling.

PS You don't need a front camera for a video call, a lot of people video call with the rear camera as they are often showing people things and talking, which to some is more important that looking at each other.

zikalify said,
Does it run in background (keep me online) if I don't sign out before closing the app?

I don't believe so (yet). It's only version 0.2 / a BETA, and I think we'd all expect it to be there in the final 1.0 release.

duddit2 said,
Can't find it on marketplace, in UK.

Or you can use Bing Visual on your phone with the QR code on the website. It'll automatically take you to the download page in the Marketplace.

xpclient said,
The big question is does it have free video calling to other Windows Phones over VoIP and PCs?

Well it's Skype, so yes.

~Johnny said,

Well it's Skype, so yes.

Don't assume. I would like it mentioned somewhere in an official spec or document. It's possible the initial release only has audio or maybe even it has video calls but calls don't go over VoIP yet but use regular cell phone network.

xpclient said,

Don't assume. I would like it mentioned somewhere in an official spec or document. It's possible the initial release only has audio or maybe even it has video calls but calls don't go over VoIP yet but use regular cell phone network.

When has any Skype client EVER used the regular cell network? They've always used VoIP over a data connection... and the whole point of Skype is that it's a VoIP client (with additional niceties these days like video, etc)

Edited by ~Johnny, Feb 27 2012, 5:27pm :

~Johnny said,

When has any Skype client EVER used the regular cell network? They've always used VoIP over a data connection... and the whole point of Skype is that it's a VoIP client (with additional niceties these days like video, etc)

Yes and no...

Skype formed deals with carriers like Verizon, and instead of using the data connection, Skype on certain phones places a regular voice call. Which is better voice quality and battery life on phones as it pushes the VoIP conversion to the voice server instead of being performed on the phone.

However, I do not know of any carrier that 'charges' for these calls, as the numbers that Skype calls should be free to the customer, and just absorbed by the carrier.

As for the WP7 App, I am pretty sure it is all data, unless the carrier releases their own variation of the App, which would be branded with the carrier name like: Skype for Verizon

It doesn't support push like Tango app and cannot be used in background. So the way I see it, for me the app is pretty much useless for messaging. I'll only be using it for making Skype and SkypeOut calls. It's better than nothing but still sucks

Mutabor said,
It doesn't support push like Tango app and cannot be used in background. So the way I see it, for me the app is pretty much useless for messaging. I'll only be using it for making Skype and SkypeOut calls. It's better than nothing but still sucks

I think you need to realise that this is a BETA so not all the features are implemented yet and I also think you need to do some research here: http://community.skype.com/t5/...one-BETA/bd-p/Windows_Phone