Skype released today the preview version of its VoIP and chat service for Windows Phone 8.
The Windows Phone 8 Preview version of Skype provides basic and new features such as People Hub and the recently integrated list of contacts from Windows Live Messenger.
Skype said the preview receives some call and message notifications even when closed and in the background.
Skype for Windows Phone 8 Preview is now available for download to all supported smartphones from the Windows Phone Store. An update notification will automatically appear when the final version is available.
On November 5, sources close to The Verge broke news about Microsoft’s plan to integrate Windows Live Messenger into Skype. It marked the impending retirement of the software giant’s messenger client.
The following day, November 6, Microsoft confirmed that Windows Live Messenger will give way to Skype starting early next year. All users are advised to migrate to Skype.
“We want to focus our efforts on making things simpler for our users while continuously improving the overall experience,” said Skype president Tony Bates at that time.
Microsoft will drop support for Windows Live Messenger worldwide, excluding mainland China, during the first quarter of next year.