Skype coming soon to Windows Phone

According to Vice President of Products at Microsoft, Rick Osterloh, Skype for Windows Phone is coming soon. The app, which was first shown off at MIX ’11 and should have been released by the end of 2011, is nearly ready for public consumption.

Apparently the app won’t be as tightly integrated as some of the other Mango services such as Facebook and Twitter, but will perform as a standalone app until the release of Windows Phone Apollo later this year. And before then, according to sources, there is still Tango to go through.

Regardless of how it will operate, Microsoft is betting big things on its $8.5 billion acquisition, and it is no surprise that the app, and  in the future, the built-in service, is coming to Windows Phone in a big way. Look for an announcement at Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona.

Check after the break for a video snippet with Rick from CES 2012.

Source: The Verge