Product Brief: Skype for Windows Phone

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Product Brief: Skype for Windows Phone

Windows Phone is slowly but steadily adding all of the major apps to its library, and the latest to be ported over is Skype. It’s not a surprising development, given Microsoft acquired the company last year, but it’s a significant milestone nevertheless.

Skype for Windows Phone offers all the main features that are found on mobile clients for other platforms, including voice calling (both Skype-to-Skype and regular numbers), video calling (provided your handset has a front-facing camera), instant messaging, and group chats, and it can be used over Wi-Fi and 3G.

Since Windows Phone doesn’t support multi-tasking, however, Skype can’t run in the background, and this limits its usefulness somewhat – you need to have the app open and in the foreground to be alerted to incoming calls or messages, and exiting the app logs you off each time.

Verdict
Skype for Windows Phone offers all the main features found on other platforms, including calls Skype-to-Skype and to regular numbers and it can be used over Wi-Fi and 3G.
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