Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 now available

If you've recently upgraded to a Windows Phone 8 device, or if you're planning to when devices become available on your favorite carrier (they hit the United States in the next week!), you'll be able to jump right in to using the Skype Preview app for Windows Phone 8. WPCentral have found the link to Skype in the Store and already installed it on their phones, but currently you can't search for it.

The app brings some pretty major improvements to Skype on Windows Phone, mostly thanks to the new capabilities brought in WP8 including better hardware on the phones that run it. The app runs in the background and uses very little battery life thanks to the clever way that Microsoft hosts your Skype presence in the cloud rather than on the phone, which also allows for calls to come in like a normal cellular phone call.

The new app supports full video chat which WPCentral reports is very smooth, as well as chatting, minimizing of calls and a variety of other phone-like functions. You can grab the Skype Preview for Windows Phone 8 via this link, although it may not be live for you just yet.

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I'm very impressed with the way Microsoft is working Skype into WP8. I have never used Skype before, but I'll be signing up once I get a WP8 device.

I agree with the folks saying the launch could have been way better. MS had feedback on the music app since beta and still it is unusable for those trying to bring in their own large music libraries. Unusable is define in this case when it takes someone more than 5 minutes to figure out it cant be done in the app and you have to resort to Media Player. And the Windows Phone 8 sync app is no better. Music is a HUGE part of consumers lives and any moron could see, I guess except the morons at MS, that music should have been rock solid out of the gate. I have to bring up VISTA but it was not a usable OS until SP1. By that time the damage was done. MS apparently has learned nothing. Consumer confidence is everything and it is being lost with apps like XBOX Music and the Windows Phone 8 sync app.

Finally! What a disastrous launch Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have had! All the cool Windows 8 hybrids are STILL not out, The Samsung ATIV S is MIA and Skype wasn't available at the late launch for WP8.

mrp04 said,
Finally! What a disastrous launch Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have had! All the cool Windows 8 hybrids are STILL not out, The Samsung ATIV S is MIA and Skype wasn't available at the late launch for WP8.

Whatever it is you're smoking, I want some

mrp04 said,
Finally! What a disastrous launch Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have had! All the cool Windows 8 hybrids are STILL not out, The Samsung ATIV S is MIA and Skype wasn't available at the late launch for WP8.


I tried this out a few days ago and I must say it's a bomb feature.

xiphi said,
Disastrous? What the hell are you talking about?
Pretty disastrous. I'm pretty upset on the ****ty syncing software for my lumia 920 + its broken bluetooth stack and the ****ty xbox music on my surface RT cant even find music on the microsd card no matter all the workarounds I tried. Everything is incomplete and unpolished.

ekw said,
Pretty disastrous. I'm pretty upset on the ****ty syncing software for my lumia 920 + its broken bluetooth stack and the ****ty xbox music on my surface RT cant even find music on the microsd card no matter all the workarounds I tried. Everything is incomplete and unpolished.

WP8 doesn't need sync software. You plug it into your computer, and it acts like a hard drive. Copy music, pictures, videos, documents, and more using explorer.

LookitsPuck said,

This worked like a charm on my Surface RT:
http://www.teamradicus.com/post/Surface-and-SD-Card.aspx


I tried that many times, works with photos but not xbox music.

nohone said,

WP8 doesn't need sync software. You plug it into your computer, and it acts like a hard drive. Copy music, pictures, videos, documents, and more using explorer.


When you had a WP7 device with zune supporting wireless sync and acts as a pretty good music management system - then move to something that is just a glorified file copier, that is still in preview, that throws runtime exceptions everytime you want to sync something, that somehow throws a fit and cant copy 20% of the MP3 files I chose, That doesn't successfully sync album art - it's pretty upsetting.
You can see my complaints along with many others here: http://answers.microsoft.com/e...4a60-4f0b-bc04-e287ff0e57d1

Edit: I created playlists over the years, its such a pain to copy playlists over + songs that are in the playlists thats why I used microsoft's windows phone app

WP8 has been the launch f'up of the year! I love WP7 and will update to a new lumia when I am able to find one. I don't know how MS and Nokia hope to pickup market share the way things are going though!

siah1214 said,
Whatever it is you're smoking, I want some

I'd say he's not the one smoking something Nothing in relation to the words "Windows", the number "8" or "Phone" have really had an impact per se (aside from ****ing people off). Doesn't mean that can't/won't change, but let's be honest. It's all been modest at best.

nekkidtruth said,

[. . .] It's all been modest at best.

I agree with that sentiment. The launches haven't convinced me to get a Windows RT tablet any time soon. I like Windows 8 and Windows RT, but the lack of Facebook and Spotify apps (among others) for Windows RT means I won't be drawn in until the platform matures and many more developers get on board. I'd probably rather use a Mac and an iPad for the next few years, until I see the new Windows experience mature more and until I at least see Spotify and Facebook apps for Windows RT.

Regarding Windows Phone, I think it was a huge mistake for them to not have it ready until a month and a half after the iPhone 5 release. Many, many people jumped on the iPhone 5 as soon as it was released, and I'm sure Microsoft could have convinced some of them to go with Windows Phone if they'd had it ready before the iPhone 5 release. Furthermore, there is still no Instagram app for Windows Phone, and no matter what anyone may think of Instagram, it's an important app that will turn quite a few people off Windows Phone.