Though Skype for WP7.5 has been available in beta form since February, Windows Phone users didn’t have access to a mature version until now. As of April 22nd, 2012, Skype offers a polished iteration of their renowned VoIP application for Windows. The latest version of Skype for Windows Phone brings with it a number of notable improvements, compatibility with even more handsets and support for 18 languages. As with other mobile platforms, Skype for Windows Phone is free to download and can be installed in seconds from the Windows Marketplace.
Now that the bugs and kinks are worked out, Skype for Windows Phone delivers an even smoother experience on WP7 models. It features contact search, group and one-on-one video chats, portrait mode and contact management. Basically, Skype managed to cram as much functionality as possible into their mobile version, coming admirably close to replicating the experience of the traditional desktop app. Obviously, restrictions of screen real estate and computing power limit the versatility of the mobile version. Regardless, it provides a solid and hiccup-free experience to Windows Phone users.
If you have a Samsung Flash, HTC Titan, HTC Radar, Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800 or Nokia Lumia 900 handset, Skype will work beautifully on your handset. It doesn’t support incoming calls just yet, and it won’t run in the background. As such, you’ll need to log in every time you need to make calls over 3G or Wi-Fi. If you don’t own a higher-end Windows Phone, Skype may still work on your hardware. It’s been proven to run on the Nokia Lumia 610 thanks to its low resource usage and lean profile.
Skype on Windows Phone provides the same stellar experience one can expect from the iOS and Android versions. Though it’s still a work in progress, upgrades and enhancements are coming at a steady pace. Only a week after the release of version 1.0, Skype launched v1.1 to fix a few small issues. That kind of commitment to progressive enhancement and consumer satisfaction bodes well for the future of Skype on the Windows Phone platform. Considering the fact that it’s free, there’s no reason not to give it a shot.