Nokia: Skype for Windows Phone working on Lumia 610

On Sunday, Microsoft released the first non-beta public version of its Skype app for Windows Phone users. However, a list of known issues for the app revealed that it is not supposed to work on Windows Phone units with less than 512 MB of on board memory. That meant that, in theory, some Windows Phone devices with just 256 MB of memory, including the recently announced Nokia Lumia 610, shouldn't be able to run the Skype 1.0 app.

However, that's not really the case, at least according to Nokia. In a statement to Engadget, the company announced that it had "some challenges early on" in getting the Skype app to work with the low memory on board the Lumia 610. However, it now reveals that the app will in fact run on the device. The smartphone should be released in parts of Asia by the end of April. The announcement didn't go into detail about what sort of "challenges" Nokia has to deal with to get the Skype app running.

Nevertheless, that's good news for people who will be buying the low-cost smartphone in those territories. It also means that other Windows Phone devices with 256 MB of memory should also be capable of running the 1.0 version of Skype. We also assume that the Skype team at Microsoft will be making improvements for future version of the Windows Phone app.

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Microsoft, please try harder to make Skype work on all WP7 devices! Pretty sure Skype can run on 256MB of RAM, even if it means cutting out features to the bare minimum (voice calls and text chat). After all, Skype for S60 (Symbian) has been out for years and runs on phones like the Nokia E51 with a 369MHz processor with 96MB of RAM.

Microsoft will one day kill .exe like apple killed power PC. Unfortunate but by that time, we'll have enough horse power to run Windows 7 full speed on a low end PC.

butilikethecookie said,
Microsoft will one day kill .exe like apple killed power PC. Unfortunate but by that time, we'll have enough horse power to run Windows 7 full speed on a low end PC.

What?

butilikethecookie said,
Microsoft will one day kill .exe like apple killed power PC. Unfortunate but by that time, we'll have enough horse power to run Windows 7 full speed on a low end PC.

What?

butilikethecookie said,
Microsoft will one day kill .exe like apple killed power PC. Unfortunate but by that time, we'll have enough horse power to run Windows 7 full speed on a low end PC.

What?

butilikethecookie said,
Microsoft will one day kill .exe like apple killed power PC. Unfortunate but by that time, we'll have enough horse power to run Windows 7 full speed on a low end PC.

What?

butilikethecookie said,
Microsoft will one day kill .exe like apple killed power PC. Unfortunate but by that time, we'll have enough horse power to run Windows 7 full speed on a low end PC.

wut?

butilikethecookie said,
Microsoft will one day kill .exe like apple killed power PC. Unfortunate but by that time, we'll have enough horse power to run Windows 7 full speed on a low end PC.

O.O
am I missing something, or does this have absolutely nothing to do with the article?

butilikethecookie said,
Microsoft will one day kill .exe like apple killed power PC. Unfortunate but by that time, we'll have enough horse power to run Windows 7 full speed on a low end PC.

The dark knight brought you to the asylum, right?

Ricardo Dawkins said,

The dark knight brought you to the asylum, right?

LOL! Yeah. I was saying Metro is the future blah blah blah...It is relevant...Sorry I misguided that...

butilikethecookie said,

LOL! Yeah. I was saying Metro is the future blah blah blah...It is relevant...Sorry I misguided that...


Since when does Windows 7 have Metro?

.Neo said,

Since when does Windows 7 have Metro?

No. When did I say Windows 7? I was stating everybody better get used to this because Microsoft is redoing everything like WP7/Metro. Windows 8 has metro and they will later kill .exe and go with all metro apps.

Excellent

Adding support for major apps on low end devices will help the OS grow, mainly because it is targeting a market that has yet to move to smartphones.

lt8480 said,
Excellent

Adding support for major apps on low end devices will help the OS grow, mainly because it is targeting a market that has yet to move to smartphones.


They used some workaround. This does not mean that next app will run too. Its a low end phone. Even the latest Nokia phones are low end according to today standards.