Skype Comes to Windows Phone [Video]

April 23, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Windows Phone now has acquired the completed version of the Skype app in an unexpected weekend introduction.  The completed version of this VoIP app for Windows Phone devices which is now available a Windows Phone Marketplace, offers a set of interesting features which were not earlier known, especially during the  first previews of the app in last February.

These new features include Skype out calls to landlines, besides, a number of improvements to performance. The new app allows adding and finding contacts.

The newly introduced app also offers the added convenience of making typical Skype-to-Skype calls and chats through its new interface which is specially designed for the Windows Phone Metro interface.

However, we guess the app needs to be improved when compared to its Android and iOS versions. The initial Windows Phone app version is not capable of taking calls in the background which is possible in the same app in other platforms. So, it is more useable for outbound calls or for similar purposes.

Windows Phone platform already have an existing competitive app named Tango, which allow handling VoIP and video calls in the background. The basic app and its basic features come with a zero-dollar price tag.

Moreover, it does not raise hardware compatibility issues, so it works on most of the Windows Phone devices, regardless of the fact that whether it is on 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi.

However, ringing a real-world number needs additional bucks. Skype and Microsoft are not ready to disclose when background calls would be added. We hope it will be sooner than later.

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