Skype Windows Phone app hits Beta!
We've heard rumors about a Windows Phone Skype app and now a Beta version of the Skype App has hit the Windows Phone Marketplace. The app will allow you to:
- Make and receive voice/video calls and instant messages to anyone else using Skype, whether on a Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, Android phone, Mac, PC or television.
- Use your Skype account for free at home, at work, or on-the-go (WiFi connection or mobile data plan required).
There is a disclaimer pointing out that this is a pre-release product and you may come across occasional bugs and issues. You can find the Skype Windows Phone here (opens in new tab) at the Windows Phone Marketplace.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
"You're already using your Windows Live ID on the maximum five devices."
I only have one device...
I can confirm that you cannot recieve notifications (message or skype call) when the app is minimized.
Mind you, I said minimized not closed.
Got the app and went to Skype to register an account with Skype.
After filling in all the required info and pressing the button it says that I am not able to create an account right now! Tried it like five times and no joy :-(
Is Skype having problems?
Still it says "review your entries" every time. Thanx, skype for nott telling me which f-king field you are having problems with. How are a person going to get thorugh this bloody worthless registration page?
Guess I wont be using skype...
By default the video is disabled, if we enable it takes the back camera since the HD7 doesnt have the front facing one. Some initial feedback below
Initial feedback: When you have an incoming call you press accept and the wery next call screen has the end call placed right where the accept button was. So i ended up accepting and cutting my very first call
Send Feedback is not working
Landscape-only for Windows Phone. That sucks, but like everyone said, it is beta.
My face showed up on her phone with a very sharp focus, looked great other than showing my face. ;)
However, her image on my phone was very pixelated. Not sure if it was her phone or mine; we were on the same WiFi connection.
I will test from a PC webcam & report back if I have time this morning so we know if the iPhone or Windows phone is the one giving a pixelated image.
I tested with my HD Microsoft camera on my PC. Confirmed that the Windows Phone app on my Samsung just will not get anything better than a blocky or pixelated image from iPhone or full Windows client. It is certianly useable, but not near the quality that I'd expect.
The odd part about that is that the video that is sent FROM the Samsung Focus S to the PC or iPhone is great! I'm going to just assume this is a bug in the software that will be resolved in the gold release.
Major limitations of this Beta are that the App exits when you press the windows button - it has no background client - so while it works great for sending calls etc its useless for receiving them unless you know ahead if time to open the App. The other annoyance is that the front racing camera is oriented in landscape so it's a but awkward to use it u less you are sitting down.
A good Beta version, although you would have thought that MS could have had a version that takes advantage of Mango by now. This will be ok for the new limited Tango devices that can't run background tasks, but for the existing base its a limitation that really needs to be lifted asap!
Props to the Dev Team for a smoothly function Beta version!
So i think that this is actually running in the background but I agree that I do have to log in everytime i go back to it.
anybody else notice ability to recieve calls from skype?