Skype Windows PhoneWhen Microsoft held its final ever CES appearance early last month, one notable absence from the show was Skype for Windows Phone. After all, the Remond-based company acquired the communication service all the way back in May 2011, so its arrival has been a long time coming. Earlier reports suggested the software would arrive on Microsoft’s OS late last year, but that date has since come and gone without any application. According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft’s Skype division is currently testing a Windows Phone client that is expected to debut very soon.

Reportedly, the application will fall in line design-wise with Microsoft’s Metro style guidelines, “including a two column grid to display contacts,” The Verge wrote. Microsoft employees currently have access to a test version of Skype in the Windows Phone Marketplace, which will soon be available as a standalone app and eventually integrate with People Hub when Windows Phone 8 hits.

Most recently, Microsoft hinted that Skype would hit Windows Phone “soon,” and one of The Verge’s sources is even claiming that the Windows Phone app could launch as early as Mobile World Congress, which is set to get underway at the end of February. “This all depends on Microsoft’s internal testing, but the application is said to be near complete.” A Skype spokesperson said further, “people are eager to see Skype on Windows Phone – so are we. Stay tuned.”

[via The Verge]