Skype for Windows Phone Goes Gold
Article by George Norman
On 23 Apr 2012
Skype for Windows Phone Gold Edition has just been released to the public and is available for free download on the Windows Phone Marketplace. Or to put it in other words, you can now forget about Skype for Windows Phone Beta because the Gold (or Stable) edition has been rolled out to the masses.

Fans of popular VoIP and IM client Skype who have a Windows Phone surely remember that the Beta version of Skype for Windows Phone hit the Windows Phone Marketplace back in February, on the 27th of February to be more precise. Today, April 23rd, Skype announced that the Gold edition has been released, replacing the Beta.


If you stayed away from the app because it carried the Beta tag, and Betas do tend to be buggy, you don’t need to do that anymore. The Beta is a thing of the past now that Skype for Windows Phone Gold has been released. You can get it from the Windows Phone Marketplace here, or directly from your Windows Phone. Do note that it may take up to 48 hours for the app to propagate in all Windows Phone Marketplaces.

Here is a list that presents the app’s main functionality:
  • Metro interface
  • Skype to Skype audio and video calling over 3G, 4G and WiFi.
  • Call landlines and mobile phones using Skype Credit
  • One-to-one or group instant messaging.
  • Update your profile and account.
  • View friends’ mood messages and profile pictures.

And if you already know what the app has to offer from a functionality point of view, here’s a list of new features available in the Gold edition:
  • Portrait mode is supported for video calling.
  • You can add new contacts.
  • Added support for participating on audio conference calls.
  • There’s a new call-in-progress notification.
  • You can now mark all messages as read.
  • You can view blocked contacts, block and unblock contacts.
  • A total of 18 languages are now supported: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, European Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.

Skype said it tested the Gold edition and certifies it will work without problems and offer the best performance on these models: Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 900, HTC Titan, HTC Radar, Samsung Focus S, and Samsung Focus Flash.

Tags: Skype, Microsoft, Windows Phone, Skype for Windows Phone, Windows Phone Marketplace
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