By Vamien McKalin | Nov 13, 2012 09:51 AM EST
Skype for Windows Phone 8 has been a much talked about feature for a long time. However, the feature didn't come as a default application in Windows Phone 8 devices. Skype was first officially announced for Windows Phone 8 on Oct. 28, but it took until Nov. 11 for it to be available.
Many believed Skype was integrated in Windows Phone 8, but as it stands, it is just a downloadable application that is integrated tightly into the system more than other applications. The Skype app has direct access to many Windows Phone 8 features like the People's Hub and Dialer. When a Skype call comes in, it will act like any other normal phone call, with the main difference being the ringtone.
Skype for Windows Phone 8 will allow users to send and receive messages, make VOIP calls, and video calling. No idea at the moment if users will be able to send and receive files, or if the app is lacking that feature like its bigger brother on Windows 8.
For those wondering about notifications, expect to see these on the notification screen and the app's Live Tile. Currently, Skype for Windows Phone 8 is very similar in features to Skype for Windows 8. There is no big difference telling both applications apart.
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