Skype for Windows Phone 8 shown on video

While the official Windows 8 Skype app hasn't been announced yet (you can check out a preview of the app here), it looks like the Windows Phone 8 version of the application has been shown off on the video above.

The application will pull in all your existing contacts and allow you to launch Skype calls from the contact card and also easily setup group chats as well as make a call. 

While the video is short, it does provide a good look at the application and it appears to be production ready. We shouldn't have to wait too long to get our hands on the app as Windows Phone 8 will launch later this month; this should signal Skype's availability too.

Also shown on the video on the left side of the screen appears to be a tablet running Skype for Windows 8. While that application is not shown off in detail like the phone application, it too will likely land around the same time as the phone application.

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Drossel said,
This video shows us how multitasking is going to work. I'm very disappointed.

He didn't use the task manager. He closed the app and reopened it.

notice @ 0:40 when phone receives a call from skype, its not even full screen......that part looked stupid and they said it was built from scratch?

wwlc21 said,
notice @ 0:40 when phone receives a call from skype, its not even full screen......that part looked stupid and they said it was built from scratch?

What do yo mean? It looks the same as a regular call

wwlc21 said,
notice @ 0:40 when phone receives a call from skype, its not even full screen......that part looked stupid and they said it was built from scratch?

More concerned with the "screaming fast" performance which seems to open the app in the same amount of time as on WP7. So much for native code, 1GB RAM and dual cores improving performance.

Funny enough Windows 8 Metro apps also take a few seconds to open, poor coding in the NT kernel?

wwlc21 said,
notice @ 0:40 when phone receives a call from skype, its not even full screen......that part looked stupid and they said it was built from scratch?

Congratulations!! I nominate you for most ignorant comment of the year.

efjay said,

More concerned with the "screaming fast" performance which seems to open the app in the same amount of time as on WP7. So much for native code, 1GB RAM and dual cores improving performance.

It's just a couple of seconds faster

wwlc21 said,
notice @ 0:40 when phone receives a call from skype, its not even full screen......that part looked stupid and they said it was built from scratch?

You kidding right?, isn't that how you suppose to differentiate a Skype call from a regular phone call, they simply implemented a different notification and you call that a fail... Troll much?

efjay said,

More concerned with the "screaming fast" performance which seems to open the app in the same amount of time as on WP7. So much for native code, 1GB RAM and dual cores improving performance.

Funny enough Windows 8 Metro apps also take a few seconds to open, poor coding in the NT kernel?

People are really expecting miracles it seems. On both the HTC One X and the iPhone 4 apps that are resource intensive take a while to load as well. In the case of iOS and Android performance only gets worse as time goes by*. A problem I've never had with Windows Phone.

(*I know that in the case of Apple its probably intensional).

efjay said,

More concerned with the "screaming fast" performance which seems to open the app in the same amount of time as on WP7. So much for native code, 1GB RAM and dual cores improving performance.

Funny enough Windows 8 Metro apps also take a few seconds to open, poor coding in the NT kernel?

Poor coding in the NT Kernel?

You need to realize it is the SAME FREAKING KERNEL CODE that is used on all other versions of Windows 8.

This is not iOS which is a mimicked version of OS X, this is the same OS and the same NT Kernel code. It is even the same binaries that Windows RT uses, with a variation specific HAL.

The application framework on WP7 and WP8 is where the 'weight' is, and considering it has been shown (not in just usability) but in actual App launch times and general Application performance to best Android and iOS on hardware 1/4 the speed, I think you might want to find something else to complain about.

As for Metro Apps taking time to load, they load in under 5 seconds, as this is MANDATED for approval to be a Windows Store App. So if you are seeing long load times you have some serious problem. And again, if you are seeing this delay in just the Windows App framework (Metro Apps), it is so far removed from NT kernel, it is mind blowing that you would even draw an association.

This is also not a native code App, but would have little do with actual performance, as it is not the magic bullet that fools seem to think. C# via the .NET CLR has often ran as fast and even faster than native C++ code over the years on Windows. This is because the overhead that the developer must add to native code for stability and security often creates slower overall execution. (Once C# managed code is first processed and 'compiled', the machine code running on the hardware is often identical to native code.)

The Skype App on WP7 and on Windows are rather 'big' applications for messaging, especially in how they peer integrate which is what takes the most resources to allocate.

Edited by thenetavenger, Oct 19 2012, 1:33am :