Two weeks ago, we announced that we were working hard on Skype for Windows Phone 8. Just like our bold new experience for Windows 8, the new Skype for Windows Phone will be fast, modern, and beautiful, while still delivering the best of what you’ve come to expect from Skype.
Along with the enthusiastic response we’ve had to our Windows 8 experience, we’ve heard loud and clear how eager everyone is to get their hands on the Windows Phone 8 app as soon as possible.
So today, we are excited to announce the availability of an early, preview version of Skype for Windows Phone 8. In this Preview, you’ll get all of the Skype basics in the new, modern design along with many of the new features such as integration with the People Hub and a combined contact list with buddies from Windows Live Messenger.
Plus, you’ll start receiving some call and message notifications – even when the app is closed and in the background.
As we look ahead to the final release, our Windows Phone 8 app will usher in a new era for Skype on mobile, delivering these exciting capabilities for the first-time on a smartphone:
• Always reachable. With Skype for Windows Phone 8, you’re always part of the conversation. You’ll stay connected even when the app is closed, so you’re always a tap away from the people you talk to most.
• Easy-to-Use. Built from the ground up, this is the best of what Skype and Windows Phone 8 have to offer. We’ve set out to bring Skype to Windows Phone 8 with a clean, beautiful and modern interface.
• Your People At Your Fingertips. Start a chat with your Skype contacts right from the People Hub and keep up with new messages as they come through with Live Tiles.
So if you have a new Windows Phone 8, head to the Store and download the Skype for Windows 8 Preview today. You’ll receive an update as soon as the full version is available.