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Microsoft promises Skype for Windows Phone 8 is 'coming soon'

Still no release date though
Fri Nov 09 2012, 12:43

SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has told The INQUIRER that Skype is 'coming soon' to Windows Phone 8, after the app failed to show up with the launch of the mobile operating system.

Microsoft has been keen to talk up the Skype app for Windows Phone 8, but we were disappointed to find that the app is yet available in the Windows Store, given the operating system's support for apps designed for Windows Phone 7.

We're not the only ones disappointed either, as early Windows Phone 8 adopters have taken to Twitter to bemoan the lack of a Skype app. For example, one user said, "What the..? Skype isn't available for Windows Phone 8? Microsoft is making it really hard to whole-heartedly love its mobile OS."

However, Microsoft has told us that the app will arrive in the Windows Store 'soon,' although it was unable to give us a date. Skype told us it was unable to comment.

It sounds like it'll be worth the wait, though. Borrowing styling tips from Microsoft's Windows 8 desktop operating system, it sports a clean and simple user interface. It also comes with the ability to run in the background, with Skype promising that this won't drain the battery of your Windows Phone handset, and contacts will now be integrated into the Windows Phone 8 People Hub.

Thanks to Microsoft's customisable Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system, you'll be able to resize the Skype Live Tile, opting whether to display it in a small, medium or large format.

Skype explained, "Windows Phone 8 has allowed us to bring new, resizable Live Tiles to Skype, so you have even more choices for making Skype a part of your Start Screen.

"On Windows Phone 8, Skype will show a count of your unread messages on all tile sizes - and with the largest size tile we show you a preview of the last message you received."

In addition to Skype, we noticed that Spotify was also missing on Windows Phone 8. The music streaming service said it doesn't yet know when it will launch an app for Windows Phone 8. µ


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