Following a successful Beta trial, Microsoft has officially launched the full Skype video calling application for Windows Phone handsets.
A year after Microsoft acquired the Skype brand in a $8.5 billion takeover and almost two months after the Skype for Windows Phone Beta was launched, the full VoIP app has hit the company’s own branded smartphone OS with the Windows Phone Marketplace now joining the likes of Apple iOS and Android in hosting the Skype service.
Entitled Skype version 1.0, the application, which has angered a number of users in not being able to run in the background, is set to allow a broad range of users to make use of its services and communicate across the globe with 18 different languages supported.
On that 18 strong list English is joined by Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
“This is the first of many releases to come for Windows Phone, so stay tuned for even more capabilities in the future,” a company spokesman said via the official Skype blog in connection with the new announcement. “We believe in the great potential of the Windows Phone platform and will continue to invest over time to enable experiences unmatched by any other app in the market.”
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