MWC 2012: Skype for Windows Phone beta now available

MWC 2012: Skype for Windows Phone beta now available

Summary: Skype for Windows Phone is one of the most anticipated apps for this new platform and today a beta version is available for you to try out for free.

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One of the services people have been asking for on Windows Phone is Skype and there is good news coming out of Spain today as Skype and Microsoft announce the availability of a beta client that you can download and install from this link directly from your Windows Phone. I installed it on my HTC Radar 4G and it is running smoothly so far.

The final version will be available in April, but so far the beta seems quite stable. You need to have Windows Phone 7.5 on your device and the following have been tested and certified:

  • Nokia Lumia 710
  • Nokia Lumia 800
  • HTC Titan
  • HTC Radar
  • Samsung Focus S
  • Samsung Focus Flash

You can check out the YouTube video of the new application and service in action too.

You will notice the Nokia Lumia 710 does not have a front facing camera, but as long as your device has one camera then you can make video calls too. I am a die hard Windows Phone fan and this just makes things that much better. You can also check out Terry Myerson's blog post for more information on Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress.

Topics: Telcos, Collaboration, Microsoft, Mobility, Operating Systems, Software, Windows, Social Enterprise

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  • Fingers crossed this works better on WP than iPhone/Android/BB

    Every time I load Skype on mobile I shake my head. It's not that the app is terrible - just that it's perpetually unstable. In my experiences you cannot use it for long periods of time as a messaging tool - because it disconnects all too frequently.

    Then, depending on platform, you struggle with which version of Skype will make calls over cellular vs needing to use WiFi vs using carrier minutes.

    To date it's all been a really disappointing mess - and Skype is one messaging protocol that I could see business standardizing on if only the mobile access were more consistent.
    anerpvar
    • RE: Works better than iPhone/Android/BB

      I use Skype on my iPhone pretty often and have had only 1 crash with an earlier revision. Other than that it works well. My sister has has stability issues on her Android phone though but the phone itself crashes all the time so it is hard to tell if it is Skype or just the phone or Android OS.
      bobiroc
    • Unstable

      It's unstable on the desktop too. "Skype has stopped working" and I have been close acquaintances for a while now.

      Shame, I was really hoping Microsoft would fix the app up. Guess I was wrong.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • What kind of stability issues do you have?

        I pretty much launch and sign into Skype on my laptop and leave it running and use it at home for instant messaging and video calls often without any issues under both MacOS and Windows without any real issue.
        bobiroc
      • Not sure

        @bobiroc

        But Skype likes to crash on my desktop system more times than not during the log in phase. After that if it runs, it stays running, although I went to click on a message one time and had it crash there too.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Not Sure

        Well Microsoft has not really changed Skype any since their purchase and I don't think they plan to until they integrate it more with their Lync platform. I have had some software that seemed to be buggy only on certain computers and usually using some sort of "cleaner" utility to make sure all the data, registry settings, etc.. associated with the program are gone and reinstalling the latest version solved the issue. I am always doing this for people that have updated and updated programs like java and flash and all the old data is still lingering.
        bobiroc
  • Odd bird (bunny)..

    Being relatively new to VOIP/Skype or even IM on phones, I often wonder what is the correct environment for such technologies. If it's an app, is it really a service that always runs, or runs only when the app is resident/running? Does it use a form of 'push' similar to email/SMS? Being that those technologies have web standards to reinforce their usefulness, does Skype (or even IM) have those same intrinsic capabilities to 'wake' and 'display' incoming messages? Is there yet another background process actively requesting incoming messages? Are they one in the same, or does it compound activity on my device, thus increasing the overall battery drain daily?
    TechNickle