Skype 1.0 released on Windows Phone

Following a short beta period, Microsoft's Skype app for Windows Phone is ready for prime time. Today the Microsoft Skype Division released the first non-beta version of the application, Skype 1.0, which is available as a free download on the Windows Phone Marketplace.

Derek Snyder, head of mobile product marketing at Skype, announced the release in a posting on the Skype blog. In the post, Snyder stated that Microsoft has "tested and certified" the following Windows Phone devices:

  • Nokia Lumia 710
  • Nokia Lumia 800
  • Nokia Lumia 900
  • HTC Titan
  • HTC Radar
  • Samsung Focus S
  • Samsung Focus Flash

While other compatible Windows Phone devices can also run the application, Microsoft has not yet certified them for "best performance." Additionally, Snyder stated Skype is now available for Windows Phone in the following 18 languages: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish and Traditional Chinese.

Microsoft first released a beta for Skype on Windows Phone on Feb. 27, promising to release a final, non-beta version of the app in April. Skype for Windows Phone requires a handset running Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) or higher and can only be utilized on a 4G or 3G connection, or when connected to a WiFi network. If your device meets the criteria, Skype can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

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psreloaded said,
background task is the only thing missing...

...and hiding blocked contacts. (that you blocked from desktop app)

FoxieFoxie said,

Try now

It is there. Installing it now Thanks.

Edit: Well designed. Not bad at all.

Edited by wrack, Apr 23 2012, 7:55am :

wrack said,
Not available in Australian MarketPlace! Oh for **** sake....

Are you sure? It's still not listed if you search for it, even on the US marketplace.
Edit: Now it is. Wasn't earlier.

hmm. I'm torn about the look of Windows Phone 7 UI

On the one hand I think it looks ugly, but on the other hand I think it looks clean
On the one hand I think it looks simplistic but on the other hand I think it looks busy.

I can't make up my mind if I like it or not.

warwagon said,
hmm. I'm torn about the look of Windows Phone 7 UI

On the one hand I think it looks ugly, but on the other hand I think it looks clean
On the one hand I think it looks simplistic but on the other hand I think it looks busy.

I can't make up my mind if I like it or not.

You must be at war with yourself!
WP7 takes some getting used to. Metro interface is really beautiful under a well designed Metro app but can look like hell with some apps even to a fan such as I..

warwagon said,
hmm. I'm torn about the look of Windows Phone 7 UI

On the one hand I think it looks ugly, but on the other hand I think it looks clean
On the one hand I think it looks simplistic but on the other hand I think it looks busy.

I can't make up my mind if I like it or not.


Honestly, the metro UI style is amazing. Live tiles are amazing. It is true how the market, the phone is alive. The apps are clean and responsive. When an app is developed embracing Metro, they are fantastic. Baconit is probably the best example of a homegrown app that provides an amazing UX.

As soon as WP is feature parity with iPhone and polished in it's implemenation of it's most parroted feature (integration of services into the base os) it will work over the iPhone. Those are two big bullet points but doable. It doesn't have many "fall off the cliff" feeling in it's feature and implementation holes, but they do jump up and annoy you.

Enron said,
It's nice, but still needs to be able to work in the background to be truly useful for me.

Maybe waiting for the WP8 version, aka 2.0? Just a guess.

GP007 said,

Maybe waiting for the WP8 version, aka 2.0? Just a guess.

I hear Skype is going to be built in to WP8, so yeah, it'll probably be then.

Enron said,
It's nice, but still needs to be able to work in the background to be truly useful for me.

Pardon? This can't be left running 24/7 in the background? That's a pretty big mistake imho.

AbandonedTrolley said,

Pardon? This can't be left running 24/7 in the background? That's a pretty big mistake imho.


The beta version can't. Not sure about this one... seems to work much better in the background, but I haven't done a call yet. Not sure why not - the MetroRadio Pandora app works great in the background.

Very nice app with a couple fatal flaws. Could be great.

That's a very nice clean interface, anyone who has a Windows phone and Skype 1.0 installed know if the clouds are animated?

ITOps said,
That's a very nice clean interface, anyone who has a Windows phone and Skype 1.0 installed know if the clouds are animated?

The clouds around the Skype logo during the loading screen are animated.

ITOps said,
That's a very nice clean interface, anyone who has a Windows phone and Skype 1.0 installed know if the clouds are animated?

Seriously!!!

PoohGQ said,

Seriously!!!

Yeah, I don't have a Windows Phone and was wondering if it was a short animation when the application launched with the clouds.