Microsoft has released a preview version of its new Skype app for Windows Phone 8. Available to download now, the app is described as a “more complete incarnation” of Skype than that previously available to Windows Phone 7 users.
Microsoft highlights everything that’s new on the app’s descripion page:
- See all your Skype contacts in the People Hub and start a conversation with just a tap
- Sign in with your Microsoft Account and IM with your Messenger buddies
- Even when the app is closed, you’ll begin to receive some call and message notifications so you can respond right away (under development)
Microsoft also makes it clear that this particular release is indeed a preview, and that “some capabilities listed above are work-in-progress and may not function consistently.” You may find, then, that the app is a little buggy and unreliable at this point.
The Verge reports that not all users may be able to find the app by simply searching the Windows Store. However, if you follow this link, you should be able to locate it. You will, of course, need a Windows Phone 8 handset to install it.
Have you tried the new Skype app for Windows Phone 8 yet?