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Skype for Windows Phone Beta Released with a Metro Interface

Nokia has recently become the biggest Windows Phone vendor across the world, leaving HTC behind. However, Windows Phone platform is still very young and way behind the competition. Nokia has something interesting to announce about its Windows Phone that will surely play its role in the long run role to boost Windows Phone platform’s success, the Skype for Windows Phone beta.

In 2011, Microsoft purchased Skype and both companies are working together to offer a unique Skype experience to the Windows Phone platform. Skype for Windows Phone Beta is now available for download and is significantly different from any other version of Skype released until this moment.

Its signature blue interface is still there, however the button styles and feature organization is all “Metro,” a new cubist design style, which is currently in the process of seeping into all platforms of Microsoft. Including Windows 8, Windows Phone and Xbox Live. You can consider contacts list, which is a letter grid. The current app comes with a fully integrated support for all Windows Phone’s features, including slide away panes to switch between a profile and chat etc.

Like many other versions of Skype, this version for Windows Phone beta allows users make free audio and video calls over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi. Compared to this, Apple’s Facetime video chat only works over Wi-Fi and between iPhones. The beta version works well with most of the Windows Phones running Windows Phone 7.5, also known as Mango, including Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800 devices, Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash and HTC’s Titan and Radar. Interestingly, both Microsoft and Skype didn’t list Nokia 900 under devices being tested with Skype beta.

Microsoft in one of its blog posts promises that Skype for Windows Phone “supports the most important Skype features you’ve come to know and love.” The company further said that the final version of Skype for Windows Phone will be released in April.

Skype is undoubtedly has a large user-base. Now we have to see whether this global voice and video calling platform transmute Windows Phone into a leading mobile platform? Look at the video to know how Skype for Windows Phone beta actually works:

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