Skype for Windows Phone has broken out of its beta test stage, with the full version now available for download on the Marketplace.
The new version launched on Sunday, offering similar call and messaging services to those seen on the competing Android and iOS operating systems' Skype apps.
The final version of the app houses some improvements over the older beta. Users can now call landline numbers, search has been improved, and it is easier to add contacts.
Windows Phone users can also carry out video calls on 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections, meaning it has more connectivity options than the Apple iOS version which is currently Wi-Fi-only.
As well as the new features, Version 1.0 retains some of the beta's flaws, for example not letting users receive Skype calls unless the app is actively running, meaning you cannot just leave it on in the background.
Speaking to V3, Skype confirmed the service’s inability to run in the background is due to a clash between Skype and Windows Phone code.
“This is the combination of how Skype works and how the Windows Phone OS works,” said a Skype spokesman.
“However, Skype needs to change a few fundamental things on our end to make it work with the Windows Phone OS. This issue will be fixed in a future release but timing is to be determined.”
Microsoft originally announced it would be bringing Skype to Windows Phone in April 2011, and launched a beta version earlier this year at Mobile World Congress.
The launch follows on from Microsoft's high-profile $8bn acquisition of Skype, which completed in October 2011.
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