When I reviewed the Nokia Lumia 800 early this month, I emphasized that Microsoft needs to be more aggressive in pushing app development as it only has a small number of applications available for download on its Marketplace. And I mentioned that it doesn’t even have the Skype app that the Redmond-based company partially owned. Well, as far as Skype is concerned – not anymore.
Skype announced just recently that its VoIP application has finally made its way to the Windows Phone Marketplace. Skype says that “this is the first of many releases to come for Windows Phone” and the company “believes in the great potential of the Windows Phone platform and will continue to invest over time to enable experience unmatched by any other app in the market.”
I don’t mean to say this, but yes, for the uninitiated – Skype for Windows Phone allows users to make free (at a certain point) voice and video calls across the globe either through a 3G, 4G, or Wi-Fi networks.
Skype for Windows Phone is initially available in 18 languages and will work seamlessly with the following WP handsets:
Nokia Lumia 710
Nokia Lumia 800
Nokia Lumia 900
Samsung Focus S
Samsung Focus Flash
It has earlier been reported in several tech blogs that Microsoft warned that Skype app requires at least 512MB of RAM on Windows Phone. And though Nokia’s entry level WP, the Lumia 610, only rocks a lackluster 256MB RAM – still the Skype app will work just fine. Go check out Skype featured video for Windows Phone after the break.