Microsoft Starting Skype For Windows Phone Private Beta: Report
Skype for Windows Phone is coming soon, at least that’s what we’ve heard from Skype’s VP of Products, Rick Osterloh, who said that the company was “working on a Windows Phone product” while interviewed by Microsoft.
Microsofties have been reportedly notified of an incoming Beta version of Skype for Windows Phone. Invitations for the Beta program will be allegedly handed out in the coming weeks and, the e-mail wording goes like this: “Skype for Windows Phone is just around the corner and we’ve teamed up with the Skype folks to help with beta testing. If you are receiving this newsletter directly, look for an invitation in the coming weeks and be on the inside track for what is sure to be one of the hottest new apps on the Marketplace!”
“One of the hottest new apps on the Marketplace” will probably be beautiful and following the Metro guidelines to the letter, especially that it will be made by Skype, now a division of Microsoft. Users of wave-two devices with built-in webcams will probably be able to finally enjoy video calls over Skype while the others will either need to get a new phone or just use voice calling.
From the wording above we can also draw the conclusion that Skype will be a stand-alone application (at least for the time being) and there will be no deep OS integration. This doesn’t mean that future Windows Phone versions can’t include Skype support in sections like People hub or Messages but sheds a little light on what we should expect.