28/02/2012 18:01 | By Matt Farrington-Smith, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Microsoft unveil Skype app for Windows Phone

Make free Skype to Skype calls - Skype Beta for Windows Phone is now available to download.

Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress 2012 wasn't 'just' about Nokia's spunky new offerings - Microsoft's Ben Rudolph continued the popular Smoked by Windows Phone campaign, while the company also took the lid off the eagerly awaited Skype app.

Skype Beta demonstrated on a Nokia Lumia 900. Image Nokia

Skype lands on Windows Phone

Skype for Windows Phone Beta has features that Skype's 200 million average monthly connected users are already familiar with. With the app you can: make free audio and video calls to your Skype contacts (Skype to Skype) over 3G and 4G or WiFi, make affordable calls to landlines and mobiles using Skype Credit, update your profile information and participate in one-to-one and group chats.

Use Bing Vision to scan the QR code and download Skype for Windows Phone.

A Beta version is available to download now from the Windows Phone Marketplace (the full-featured version is due in April).

Alternatively you can download Skype Beta by simply scanning this QR code using Bing Vision on your Windows Phone.

To use Bing Vision just tap the 'Search' button on your Windows Phone handset. Tap the Bing Vision icon (third item from the left) and align the camera.

For the best performance Skype for Windows Phone has been tested and certified on the following devices: Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800, HTC Titan, HTC Radar, Samsung Focus S and Samsung Focus Flash.

Looks great on Windows Phone

Rick Osterloh, vice president of products and design at Skype, said he is excited about connecting Skype's users with the Windows Phone experience.

Make free Skype to Skype calls on Windows Phone. Image Skype

"I think it's really important to take advantage of the new technologies and innovations that are happening in the Windows Phone ecosystem and connect them with Skype's cross-platform communications network," he said. "Now a whole big class of users is unlocked with this application, and it allows for a new form of communication from Windows Phone into the Skype network."

The Skype team took full advantage of Windows Phone's Metro design while building the app, Osterloh said. Users will see its simplicity in how the app pivots around two key content areas: contacts and messages, where recent calls, IMs, and voice mails will be grouped together.

"Metro is very simple, very easy to use, and very intuitive, and we fully embraced the model. Skype looks great with Metro and delivers a clean and consistent experience on all Windows Phone 7.5 devices," he said.

Download Skype Beta for Windows Phone

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