New report suggests Skype for Windows Phone is entering private beta

During this years CES in Las Vegas, Microsoft spoke about Skype for Windows Phone and mentioned that it would be coming soon. Now, a new report suggests that beta invitations for Skype on Windows Phone are being sent out to Microsoft employees for the beta program.

At this years CES, Rick Osterloh, the vice president of products at Skype, announced that a Skype client for Windows Phone would be released "soon." He said that they were working on a client for the device, but cannot give a release date. Microsoft also announced that Skype is being used by more than 200 million users a month, and a talking time of 300 billion minutes.

An email has been leaked indicating that a beta program may be around the corner. "Skype for Windows Phone is just around the corner and we’ve teamed up with the Skype folks to help with beta testing. If you are receiving this newsletter directly, look for an invitation in the coming weeks and be on the inside track for what is sure to be one of the hottest new apps on the Marketplace!" the email to Microsoft employees reads. A Beta version of the app is reportedly already on its way to Microsoft employees. No word on when Microsoft will let the general public test a beta version of the app but you can be sure someone will leak it!

Reports are also suggesting that we will not see a deep integration with the Windows Phone operating system, instead, we will see a standalone application. More on this as it develops.

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