The official Skype application for Windows Phone has finally dropped its beta tag today, nearly a full 12 months after the service was acquired by Microsoft. Version 1.0 of the application delivers a number of new features, but still leaves a lot to be desired.

Now that Skype is a Microsoft product — just like Windows Phone — you'd think that Windows Phone users would now get preferential treatment. I'm talking the best user experience that offers the latest features months before they arrive on any rival operating system. However, with Skype 1.0 for Windows Phone, that's certainly not the case.

While the update does bring some essential features — like the ability to search for contacts and add news ones, and the ability to call landlines over Wi-Fi and 3G — there's still no support for background functionality. That means that as soon as you close the Skype app on your Windows Phone handset, you're signed out of Skype and any messages you receive won't be seen until you open it back up again.

Skype on Windows Phone

Furthermore, there's no support for Windows Phone 7.5 Tango, the latest version of the operating system that adds support for low-memory, budget devices.

However, Skype describes these as a "known issues" and promises they'll be fixed in future updates. You can see the full list of features and issues within the company's latest blog post.

What do you think of Skype 1.0 for Windows Phone?

[via The Verge]