Skype for Windows Phone app to begin beta testing soon, release imminent

By LiveSide | In Mobile | Posted February 1, 2012 10 comments

Skype for Windows PhoneMicrosoft first revealed the Skype for Windows Phone app back in MIX 2011 last year, way before Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype. It had almost been a year without further news about the app, and finally during CES 2012 in January, a Microsoft representative mentioned during a video interview that the Skype for Windows Phone app will be “coming soon”.

Well according to reports from WP7Lab (via WMPU), Microsoft had just begun dogfooding (internal beta testing) the Skype for Windows Phone app. Furthermore, the website received an anonymous tip indicating that Microsoft will soon be sending out invitations for a beta version of the app. Here’s an excerpt from WP7Labs:

Skype for Windows Phone is just around the corner and we’ve teamed up with the Skype folks to help with beta testing. If you are receiving this newsletter directly, look for an invitation in the coming weeks and be on the inside track for what is sure to be one of the hottest new apps on the Marketplace!

It was reported back in January that Tony Bates, President of the Skype Division at Microsoft, confirmed that Skype will exist as a separate downloadable app from the marketplace for now, and full integration into the Windows Phone OS is expected to happen in Windows Phone “Apollo”.

Skype is currently one of the major apps that exist on other mobile platforms but missing from the Windows Phone marketplace. The exact timing of the release is still unknown, but it is good to hear that Microsoft is making progress with the app. Who knows we might actually hear more about Skype on Windows Phone during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this month! Stay tuned.

Posted February 1st, 2012 at 3:48 am
Category: Mobile
Tags: Skype, Windows Phone
  • http://www.slythefox.com LorenzoA

    Lots of people I know have Skype accounts but I’d love to know if, now that Microsoft bought them, I can log in with my Windows Live ID. I hate making new user names and passwords, especially if Skype might eventually merge profiles/usernames/etc. with Windows Live Messenger accounts. Anyone have any idea if Live IDs can be used?

  • http://www.slythefox.com/ LorenzoA

    Lots of people I know have Skype accounts but I’d love to know if, now that Microsoft bought them, I can log in with my Windows Live ID. I hate making new user names and passwords, especially if Skype might eventually merge profiles/usernames/etc. with Windows Live Messenger accounts. Anyone have any idea if Live IDs can be used?

  • Buzz

    Really looking forward to this app. Hoping to put my front-facing camera to good use.

  • Buzz

    Really looking forward to this app. Hoping to put my front-facing camera to good use.

  • Sascenter

    I can’t wait. As soon as this comes out, I’ll change my data plan to a bigger one. :P

  • Sascenter

    I can’t wait. As soon as this comes out, I’ll change my data plan to a bigger one. :P

  • http://twitter.com/dominicwatts Dominic Watts

    I hope I can use this to access Skype wifi in zones where this is applicable because I have seen this feature work on the iPhone and it can certainly make calling from abroad a lot cheaper than using mobile call or data minutes/bandwidth.

  • http://twitter.com/dominicwatts Dominic Watts

    I hope I can use this to access Skype wifi in zones where this is applicable because I have seen this feature work on the iPhone and it can certainly make calling from abroad a lot cheaper than using mobile call or data minutes/bandwidth.

  • http://withwindows.com Ricky Shah

    This is one of the much needed and most anticipated app. Sooner or later, it will definitely arrive on WP.

  • http://geniusgeeks.com/ Ricky Shah

    This is one of the much needed and most anticipated app. Sooner or later, it will definitely arrive on WP.