Rumor: Windows Phone Skype app being internally tested

Windows Phone-based device owners have likely been wondering when a version of Skype's Internet phone app will be released for the operating system. Today, a new report claims that the Skype app for Windows Phone could be entering beta testing in the very near future.

The WP7Lab.com web site reports they have received a tip from an anonymous source that claims Microsoft employees will get first crack at testing out the beta version of Skype for Windows Phone. Invites to join the beta will be sent out to those employes in the coming weeks, according to the report.

While Microsoft famously bought Skype in October for $12.5 billion, so far we have yet to see Skype make much of an impact in Microsoft-based platforms like Windows Phone and the Xbox 360.

Back in January during CES 2012, a Microsoft representative said that Skype for Windows Phone would be "coming out soon." Hopefully if this new story is true we won't have to wait too much longer for Skype to finally make its long awaited Windows Phone debut. So far the only Internet phone app for the OS is made by Tango, which released it in late 2011 (not to be confused with "Tango" the code name for the next major Windows Phone update).

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There are many who would like it also ported to the Blackberry Playbook as well. Right now I can get Skype voice chats through a IM called imo using the browser as the client.

Looking forward to this being baked right into Apollo. Would also like to see SkyDrive baked in as its own hub, but I digress.

I hope they take a similar approach with Lync. It should be baked into the OS as an option in the same manner. Businesses would love to have this as a feature in Windows Phone 8.

Drewidian said,
I hope they take a similar approach with Lync. It should be baked into the OS as an option in the same manner. Businesses would love to have this as a feature in Windows Phone 8.

Yeah, that would be a good idea as well.

While Microsoft famously bought Skype in October for $12.5 billion, so far we have yet to see Skype make much of an impact in Microsoft-based platforms like Windows Phone and the Xbox 360.

I read somewhere that, due to legalities, Microsoft couldn't code / develop / test any sort of Skype app while they were under negotiations with Ebay to buy out Skype.

This would explain the delay since these types of deals don't really happen overnight. That said, I have no idea if this is true or not.

/- Razorfold said,

I read somewhere that, due to legalities, Microsoft couldn't code / develop / test any sort of Skype app while they were under negotiations with Ebay to buy out Skype.

This would explain the delay since these types of deals don't really happen overnight. That said, I have no idea if this is true or not.

Not to mention that I think the news media is being a bit unrealistic with how long it takes something like this to be integrated into a product... I certainly wouldn't expect them to be ready to go 3 days after the sale closed...