quote:Microsoft: Skype for Windows Phone coming "soon"
Microsoft bought Skype back in October for $12.5 billion but since then there hasn't been much in the way of new software and hardware products that represent a true collaboration between Skype and Microsoft products. In a video interview conducted by Microsoft at CES 2012, Skype's vice president of products Rick Osterloh said that collaboration is still in the works.
Perhaps the biggest question for Skype fans concerns when a Skype client will be released for Windows Phone devices. In the interview, Osterloh said that Skype is working on a Windows Phone version but declined to give out a date, saying only it would be "coming out soon." He also stated that Skype is working to bring its software to other Microsoft properties, including the Xbox 360 and, of course, Windows 8.
Microsoft announced during the CES 2012 keynote address that Skype now has over 200 million monthly users. Those users have been talking on the phone via Skype for a total of 300 billion minutes in 2011, increasing to over 1 billion per day. Skype also recently announced that Skype-to-Skype calls amounted to almost 25 percent of the total number of international telephone minutes made in 2011.
quote:Will operators be happy about Skype coming to Windows Phone? 16.01.2012 ...
So Skype is coming to Windows Phone. Thats the buzz at the moment, but wasnt that inevitable? I mean seriously, its already available on iPhones, iPads, Android and Symbian devices, so its about time, right?
No one who uses Skype doubts how good it is as a communications tool. It's very impressive and easy to use - and the miracle is free video-to-video calls with friends anywhere in the world. Heck, Skype is now an integral feature of Facebook ... More @ »www.siliconrepublic.com/comms/it ··· ppy-abo?
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quote:27th February 2012 Skype Beta for Windows Phone with free video calling
We are pleased to announce the availability of Skype Beta for Windows Phone. Click this link directly from your Windows Phone to get started or check out the Marketplace from your computer.
Remember, this is a Beta, so not all features will be working properly. For the latest information and to leave feedback, please visit our Support Network.
Skype for Windows Phone supports the basic set of Skype features, like video calling and IM. You can read more about the app in general from our Big Blog post.
Skype Beta for Windows Phone includes the following features:
Sype to Skype audio calling Skype to Skype video calling Calling landlines and mobiles One-to-one and group instant Messaging Profile and account views Mood message and profile picture updates from your buddies Metro user interface
We have tested and certified the following devices for the best performance of Skype for Windows Phone:
Nokia Lumia 710 Nokia Lumia 800 HTC Titan HTC Radar Samsung Focus S Samsung Focus Flash
Skype 0.2.0.0 Beta for Windows Phone has currently a few not implemented features and known issues. Most notably Skype is currently only in English, though we plan to expand the number of languages in the production release. Skype for Windows Phone does not run in the background, thus you will not be able to receive incoming calls and chats if Skype is not in foreground. Please study the list before using the application: ...
Re: Microsoft: Skype for Windows Phone coming "soon"
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quote:Tips for using the new Skype Beta app Feb 28 2012 | by Michael Stroh
Our friends at Skype have just posted a short tip sheet for the new beta (test) version of their free Skype for Windows Phone app. Check it out on their blog. And if you havent snagged the beta yet, download it now from the Windows Phone Marketplace. (Its already got nearly 200 ratings and 4.5 stars!)
I spent Monday skyping some friends on this thing and was having fun. But as Skypes Raul Liive pointed out yesterday on their Garage blog (such a cool name), its important to remember that its still a pre-release version of the appso not all planned features have been wired up yet. For the time being, its also available only in English.
Still, I think theyre off to an exciting start. Want to tell Skype what you think of the beta, or ask a question about it? Visit their Support Network.
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quote:28th February 2012 | by Heather LeRoy I am the Product Manager for Skype for iPhone and Skype for iPad.
Make sure you get the most out of the Skype for Windows Phone Beta app!
Thanks to everyone for the warm reception you gave the new Skype for Windows Phone Beta app*. Since it first became available yesterday, many of you have downloaded it to test and have shared your first impressions with us.
We wanted to take this opportunity to share a few tips to ensure you get the best performance from the new app. First, check the certified devices list to make sure your Windows Phone is supported. Below are a few tips and tricks to enjoy the best experience when connecting with your friends, family and colleagues:
Pin Skype to start: make Skype quick and easy to launch. From the Windows Phone start screen, swipe to the application list, locate Skype, and press and hold. Select pin to start.
Windows Phone Metro User Interface: delivers a clean and consistent experience on all Windows Phone 7.5 devices, making it simple and easy to navigate through the applications and get to the Skype tile to get started.
Contacts: once logged into Skype, you will notice that you can quickly find your contacts. Just tap a letter to bring up the jump list and select the contact you want to connect with. If you want more information about the contact, just swipe to the side of the panorama display to see the contact's full profile page.
Make free audio and video calls** to your Skype contacts over 3G and 4G or WiFi***. Please make sure, when video calling, to use the landscape mode so you can fully enjoy the quality and full screen display.
Remember you can send and receive instant messages during a call, so you won't miss any messages while talking. Messages will pop up directly and you can answer them by swiping to the next screen. Returning to the initial screen is as easy as swiping back again.
Start a group chat: In addition to sending instant messages to a single person, you can also set up chats for a group of people. This can be very useful to share ideas with a group of co-workers while on the go, or to chat about the last party you went to with your friends. From the app bar on the recent messages list, press the + and start adding contacts.
All the Skype emoticons you know and love can be found in Skype for Windows Phone Beta. Use them to liven up your messages and chats.
Keep your profile updated: share more information on what you are doing, where you are and how you feel by changing your profile picture and mood message directly from the app. You can also check all your relevant Skype account information on the Profile tab.
Finally, make affordable calls to landlines and mobiles to those contacts that are not on Skype using Skype Credit. Simply select the dialpad from the main app bar.
The Skype for Windows Phone Beta marks the beginning of a new experience that will improve in the future. Your feedback is critical for us to continue our development work to make sure you can experience all the Skype potential on your Windows Phone.
If you haven't yet tried the Skype for Windows Phone Beta we encourage you to download it by clicking here directly from your Windows Phone or PC.
Follow us on Twitter @Skype and look for #SkypeMWC12 hashtag for more information on the Skype for Windows Phone Beta.
quote:22nd April 2012 Skype for Windows Phone - Gold Version
We have just released Skype for Windows Phone - Gold Version.
Get it now from the Windows Phone Marketplace.
We would like to thank everyone who has used the initial beta version and shared feedback with us. Continue giving us your feedback through our Support Network.
The newly updated Skype for Windows Phone Gold version 184.108.40.206 includes the following new features and improvements: Portrait mode video calling Support in 18 languages Add new contacts (Skype and phone contacts) Support for participating on audio conference calls Call-in-progress notification Ability to mark all messages as read Block/unblock/view blocked contacts In addition, we have fixed a number of issues reported on the beta version: