MWC 2012: Skype Enters Beta for Windows Phone

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.

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.

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    MS has revived Skype and seems like it has given a whole new
    look. We know that Cisco has blamed Skype for its video platforms and alleged
    that this is anti competitive that harms the consumers. However, with the Skype
    taken over by the PC manufacturer for 8.5m dollars and this beta version from
    Microsoft is expected to benefit the users with low calling rates and video
    calling.