Skype Now Available for Windows Phone 7.5 Devices

Windows Phone Apps Windows Phone Mobile Phones & Gear Microsoft   Windows Phone users rejoice!  Microsoft has at long last released Skype v1.0 into the Windows Marketplace for supported devices. So now owners of Windows Phone 7.5 devices sporting at least 512MB RAM can now make and receive Skype calls as well as chat with contacts/friends on their handsets over 3G and 4G and of course Wi-Fi.

A few important caveats, however:

  1. As previously mentioned, currently only 7.5 devices with 512MB of RAM are supported**
  2. Skype calls cannot be received if the Skype app isn’t running in the foreground (i.e., Skype must be the “active” task)
  3. Skype currently does not support bluetooth headsets
  4. Certain notifications may terminate a Skype call (e.g., an incoming call or battery level warning)
  5. Skype won’t run properly if connected via USB to a PC.

So while there are some notable omissions/missing features on v1.0, users now at least have the opportunity to utilize an app that has been a staple of Android and iOS, offering a small step towards Skype integration with other platforms. For me, finally, I’ll be able to make video calls to distant friends and relatives from my Nokia Lumia 900, none of whom presently use Tango.

That is, until my wife calls me while I’m Skyping…

Much work still needs to be done to really make Skype for Windows Phone shine, but it’s a start. Whether or not it will help entice more users to the platform remains to be seen.

**UPDATE: According to Engadget, Nokia is apparently working on a version of Skype that will run on its 610 series, so perhaps there is a light at the end of the tunnel for lower-memory Windows Phone devices?

Also, the Skype Garage blog lists known issues with Skype for Windows Phone, so WP Skype enthusiasts can keep tabs there as well.

(update via Engadet)

About the Author

Bryan Eley
A senior software tester and network admin for a small hi-tech multimedia company that produces a number of online applications for several tech giants. Bryan got his professional start in PC technology when he discovered research PhDs in his second job out of college were not very computer savvy. The one upshot of working in that lab is that he met his future wife there, a fellow science geek as well. Bryan has been hooked on computers since his Commodore 64 days, when absurd amounts of was spent entering pages on machine language code for equally absurd simple games. Back in 2005 Bryan received an Axim X51v as a Christmas gift and he has been fiddling with mobile tech ever since. He recently joined the legions of iPhone enthusiasts where phones are concerned, but has dabbled with Blackberry, WebOS and Windows Phone OSes as well. When not busying himself with tech-oriented tasks Bryan likes spend time cooking (he has over 90 cookbooks, yet still jumps on the internet to find culinary info), reading, working in his garden, calligraphy, and spending time with his wife, two sons, two cats and a miscellaneous dog.

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