One of the big announcements at Mobile World Congress so far from Microsoft is that Skype is now available in Beta on Windows Phone. With 200 million users, Skype for Windows Phone is a key element in building a successful platform. The Windows Phone client is very different than any Skype client you’ve seen before, but still somewhat basic in it’s features. For example, it’s lacking notifications, making it impossible to receive calls when the application is not running. It’s also missing the ability to run in the background, a feature that is very helpful when you have these Voip based applications.
It is Beta – which means it’s a pre-release version of the application, which will contain bugs. Hopefully these 2 key shortcomings will be addressed before the final release, or quickly after. You can download Skype in the marketplace for free (from your phone, or from your PC). I did some screen captures off my device, check them out below. Unfortunately, for some reason, I wasn’t able to capture the call screens. So to see that, click through to the marketplace. And to see it in action and learn a little more, check out this YouTube video from the Windows Phone team.