Skype Beta for Windows Phone arrives

Skype, now a division of Microsoft, has announced the availability of Skype Beta for Windows Phone, with free video calling.

Before you rush off to install it, note a few caveats:

  • It’s a beta, so not all features are working properly.
  • The only supported language is English (“we plan to expand the number of languages in the production release”).
  • The app doesn’t run in the background, so you won’t be able to receive incoming calls or instant messages unless the app is open in the foreground.
  • Video calling works only in landscape mode.
  • You can’t add or manage contacts from the app.

Those are some pretty serious limitations, especially the inability to run in the background. Calling it a beta seems ambitious—it’s really more of a technology demonstration.

Perhaps a more polished version will be ready in April, when a major update to Windows Phone (codenamed “Tango”) is due. Liveside has the details of that release.

If you decide to give the Skype app a try, leave your feedback in the comments.

One thought on “Skype Beta for Windows Phone arrives

  1. Doesn’t sound too much worse than Skype for iPhone beta. Of course they’re past that now. But I still find the iOS version quite buggy.

    Good to see more high profile apps being added to WP7 though.

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