The wait is over the official Skype 1.0 for Windows Phone has arrived and can be downloaded via the Windows Phone Marketplace, fulfilling Microsoft's statement at the Mobile World Congress that it would be arriving in April. You can opt to retrieve the app straight from your phone itself, but it can take up to two days for Skype for Windows Phone to propagate in all local Windows Phone Marketplaces.
With Skype for Windows Phone you can interface with over 200 million people that use Skype each month on multiple platforms. Skype for Windows Phone can be used across 4G, 3G and Wi-Fi networks.
Skype supports 18 languages: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese. So if your fluent in many languages, this will be a great benefit to you.
You can also scan the QR code or the Microsoft Tag to download it below, as long as your phone is running on Windows 7.5 ("Mango") and above. Performance wise, Skype for Windows Phone has been shown to be best on the Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 900, HTC Titan, HTC Radar, Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash.
The new version of Skype includes a new feature that lets you search your contacts and add them on Skype. Included is the ability to dial landline phone numbers, quicker boot times and other fixes. Unfortunately you still can't receive Skype calls while the app isn't running on the phone.
The Tech-Stew Take Home
For Microsoft to really start to gain market share and close in on Android and the iPhone (iOS), they really need to get on the ball when it comes to applications and features in apps that people want. Finally we see that Skype is out of beta on Mango, but still lacks some of the basic feature sets, notably the background multitasking, though this inability is mostly due to the current Windows Phone 7.5 version and Skype combination. Windows Phone 8 will most likely resolve this issue as well as a host of others. I still strongly believe that with the forthcoming Windows Phone 8, Microsoft will begin to turn the corner and gain noticeable ground on Android.
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