Skype 1.0 and SkyDrive 2.0 for Windows Phone now available in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The beta version of the app, unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February, now comes packed with new and exciting features including an added support for 18 languages and made several other upgrades.
"Available for use on 4G, 3G and WiFi networks, Skype for Windows Phone helps you connect with friends and family instantly with free voice and video calls everywhere you go. Make affordable calls to landlines and mobiles using Skype Credit, create and hold one-to-one and group chats (even while in the middle of a call), and update your profile and account information, among others features," said Skype.
Skype also notes, that they now have a community of 200 million people using Skype every month across almost any screen: smartphones & tablets (running Android, iOS, and Symbian), computers & laptops (Mac, Windows) and connected TVs.
Here are a few highlights of the new features:
- portrait mode video calling
- support for joining audio conference calls
- call-in-progress notifications
- block and unblock contacts
- add new contacts
The 6 MB free Skype for Windows Phone app runs is tested on the following Windows Phones 7.5 devices:
- Nokia Lumia 710
- Nokia Lumia 800
- Nokia Lumia 900
- HTC Titan
- HTC Radar
- Samsung Focus S
- Samsung Focus Flash
Here is a video walkthrough of the new Skype 1.0 Windows Phone app:
And, the SkyDrive 2.0 app also brings several new features of the service to your Windows Phone. The first thing that you'll notice is the re-worked UI especially for dialogs and menu options. In addition, the ability to batch-select items for deletion or moving will come as a great tool for many.
SkyDrive also now supports the Open Document Format as well as 300MB uploads from the browser to SkyDrive.
It also looks like you can manage permissions for folders and files directly now, allowing certain items to be shared and edited with others. You also choose contacts from the People Hub to share those files, even granting editing access (it will even alert them that you've shared items).
This new update also brings short urls to the service.
Here's a list of features:
- Access all of your SkyDrive content including files shared with you
- View recently used documents
- Upload photos or videos from your phone
- Share your files and photos--send a link in email or get a link you can copy and paste
- Manage your files--move, delete, rename, or create new folders.
If you have problems opening Office documents from SkyDrive, go to the following page to see possible solutions: http://bit.ly/SkyDriveWP7