Microsoft’s Skype preview hits Windows Phone Store
Microsoft's Skype app for Windows Phone 8 has hit the Windows Phone Store with an early preview build
Microsoft has released a Skype preview for Windows Phone 8, ahead of a full launch in the coming weeks.
The new build of Skype has been specially engineered for Windows Phone 8 handsets and leverages some specific capabilities not found elsewhere.
Microsoft has integrated the video calls so that they’re in-line with regular phone calls, meaning you’ll be able to perform them from a contact card rather than needing to go into the app directly.
Allegedly, Skype will also have an ‘always available’ functionality, Microsoft said at its big Windows Phone launch that Skype is always on but does this without draining battery. We’ve since heard that this is because it does go dormant, but scans for when your contacts come online and makes you active when they are.
Skype will also be one of Windows Phone 8’s ‘Live Apps’, meaning it can be configured to send notifications and other info to the lock screen.
If you’re one of the early adopters of Windows Phone 8 with a handset already, you can now find and download the Skype preview on the Windows Phone Store, though Microsoft stresses that it’s not a final release and doesn’t have all the features yet.
A full version is expected to launch sometime in the next few weeks.