Skype Beta for Windows Phone Available

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Skype has finally appeared for Windows Phone, but it’s still not the final version. Skype was announced for Windows Phone a very long time ago… even before Microsoft decided to aquire Skype. Some thought Microsoft was taking the extra time to fully integrate Skype with Windows Phone, but at least today we get a separate app without full integration. Still it seems to work pretty well and supports a good range of Skype features. You can video call, instant message, voice call, group IM, etc. There’s a nice interface for multi-tasking between instant messaging and video calls as well. There is no Facebook integration and Skype-Out calls require you to dial an actual number as opposed to selecting someone from your contacts list. It does not appear to support push notifications or background tasks either unfortunately. Still the design looks great and this app should be able to handle most Skype calling needs at least until we (hopefully) see full integration with Windows Phone in the future.

You can download the Skype Beta for Windows Phone from the Windows Phone Marketplace now!

Source: Skype

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for Pocketnow.com since they first appeared on the market in 2002.Read more about Adam Lein!