Skype app for Windows Phone makes it’s beta debut, we take a look
After pretty much a year of waiting, the official (and most likely only) Skype for Windows Phone app has debuted on the platform, albeit in Beta form. Version 0.2 is what you’ll be getting and despite it’s beta status, we came away impressed with the little app. The app itself is fairly smooth (obvious hitches are going to be there) and it already has the option to call or video call people which is quite good! We tested the video calling capabilities (one way since our phone was missing a front facing camera) and while the video quality on the phone was decent, we think it could use some serious improving before the app goes gold (ie: out of beta form).
The other thing to note is while it gives you your complete contact list, it doesn’t really show you who is currently offline (something which we’re sure will make it into Version 1.0). Furthermore, the app currently doesn’t work in the background so you won’t be able to receive calls if you’re out of the app (and this isn’t set to change any time soon due to Mango’s restrictions apparently). However, we still think it’s a great start and it looks very nice. Hopefully we can get an updated version soon, but for now, click here to download Skype Beta (you won’t be able to find it on the marketplace by searching).
So have a look at our first look at the app below and also feel free to take a look at our interview with Skype’s Vice-President of Product & Design – Rick Osterloh.