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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.

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Skype Beta for Windows Phone includes the following features:

  • Skype 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:

Category Description Workaround
Calling It is not possible to receive calls when Skype is not in foreground None available
Calling Video calling works only in landscape mode None available
Calling There is no call in progress indicator If you navigate to another place in the Skype app, return to the *recent* pivot, find the person with which you’re currently talking to, open that conversation, and swipe to the live call pivot.
Calling Changing the flag/country in the dialpad is not possible. Manually enter the full international phone number (for example +372… or 00372…) to make a Skype call to mobile phones and landlines.
Calling It is not yet possible to participate on conference calls None available
Calling Skype will crash when terminating an an outgoing call before the remote party answers None available.
Calling Skype may crash when navigating to a contact immediately after completing a video call to that contact. None available.
Calling Calling to landlines and mobiles covered with subscription does not work when you do not have positive Skype credit balance. None available.
Contacts It is not yet possible to add new contacts You may add new contacts from your Skype account on a different device.
Contacts It is not yet possible to remove contacts from contact list You may remove contacts from your Skype account on a different device.
Contacts It is not yet possible to block contacts or view blocked contacts You may block and view blocked contacts from your Skype account on a different device.
Feedback form Online feedback form button does not work In the *general* pivot under Settings, visit the Skype community forum to leave feedback and get help.
IM It is not possible to receive IM’s when Skype is not in foreground None available
IM It is not possible to enter IM’s in symbolic languages, like Japanese, Korean, Arabic, etc. None available
Localization The application is available in English only None available
Presence It is not possible to set your Presence currently. While you are logged into Skype for Windows Phone, your presence is automatically set to “online” while the app is in the foreground. None available
Voice Messages It is not possible to retrieve Voice Messages directly from the phone You may retrieve voice messages from your Skype account on a different device.

Download the app now and leave feedback on Skype Support Network.

One thought on “Skype Beta for Windows Phone with free video calling

  1. nataku4ca said 3 years ago

    i guess the first question is, when will background msg/call receive be available? in the production version or later version? Thanks for a great looking client

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