The long awaited Skype app is finally available in the Windows marketplace. Since this app is in beta don't expect all the bells and whistles. You can however give it try to get a taste of the app. Later on Skype would be deep integrated into Windows Phone and will not run as an app. This is expected with the Apollo (Windows Phone 8) release.
Skype features currently available in the beta
Skype features not included in the beta
The most critical feature not included is the ability to receive messages or calls when Skype is not opened. It means even though I would be signed in on Skype, unless the application is opened in front of my screen I wont get any messages or calls. I have tried and tested this, what happens is if someone is calling you, the bell just rings and you don't get any notification or incoming calls. At this same time when you open the app, the call comes through. SO basically you can only use the beta to make calls since if the calls don't come in when the app is not open, they will never come in, as you cannot keep the app opened in the foreground always.
For the video calling function if your phone does not have a front facing camera, it starts the rear camera. I have tested this on the Lumia 800.
|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.|
|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|
|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.|
Microsoft recommends the following devices, although the app should and probably will work in all Windows Phone 7 devices:
If you are testing this app, we would love to hear some feedback on its performance. Also check out the Skype Windows Phone support forum.