Skype finally comes to Windows Phone

Jennifer Scott News
27 Feb, 2012

A beta for the cloud video service finally arrives onto Microsoft's mobile handsets

Microsoft today announced a beta version of Skype would be made available for its smartphones.

It is one of the last operators to release an application for the popular video service, despite Microsoft having acquired the firm for $8.5 billion back in May 2011 - although going through the regulation approval process.

The beta will initially only be made available to users of Windows Phone 7.5 - the update to Microsoft’s mobile operating system released in September 2011 - but the list of approved handsets is small, with just the Nokia 710 and 800 Lumia phones, the HTC Titan and the HTC Radar.

Representatives of Microsoft at this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona admitted the application wasn’t perfect yet, but said a full version should be ready to launch in the Windows Phone Marketplace in April this year.

“This is only the beginning for Skype for Windows Phone... it's just going to get better and better,” wrote Rick Osterloh, vice president of product at Skype, on the firm’s blog.

“We see incredible potential to include Skype capabilities in Windows Phone in order to enable a great experience for you.”

The beta is free and enables users to make free video or voice calls to other Skype users, as well as cut price calls to landlines and mobiles.

A video demoing the new application can be viewed here.

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