The Skype service is already integrated into a number of devices, including tablets, smartphones, laptops, computers, and some televisions. Skype was purchased by Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) last year although the company revealed that the Skype service will remain available to its competitors.
The recent release of the Skype for Windows Phone app simply confirms the previous announcement made by Microsoft when it indicated that it would integrate the service into its products.
A number of features are integrated into the Skype for Windows Phone app and can be used on Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G networks. Among the new features that the app will offer to users are video calling and friend management features such as sending invites, accepting invitations, blocking and unblocking contacts.
Users of the Skype for Windows Phone app will be able to make calls using a Wi-Fi connection or through a data connection. For the best video-calling quality, users are advised to use a strong Wi-Fi connection. Users will have an idea on how the Skype for Windows Phone app works by viewing a video that was posted on YouTube.
Even as it will take some time before the Skype for Windows Phone app will be released into all the local Windows Phone Marketplaces, it can be downloaded directly into the Windows Phone device.
A number of handsets using the mobile OS from Microsoft have been evaluated for the Skype for Windows Phone app. These devices include the Samsung Focus Flash, the Samsung Focus S, the HTC Radar, the HTC Titan, the Nokia Lumia 710, the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia Lumia 900.