Though initial reports suggested the Skype application for Windows phone wouldn’t run on low-memory devices like the Lumia 610, it appears this won’t be the case. According to Nokia, Skype for Windows Phone is running just fine on the Lumia 610, just in time for the device to go on sale in Asia at the end of the month.
Skype for low-memory devices will be plagued by the huge issue that renders Skype for Windows Phone nearly useless. Due to a design “flaw” in Windows Phone 7, the Skype application can’t run in the background, meaning you won’t be able to video or text chat with anybody unless the Skype application is opened. I’m not the kind of person who plans video chat sessions, and therefore need the application to be constantly on so people who wish to chat with me can do so when they notice I’m available.
Still, the Skype for Windows Phone app is gorgeous, following the Metro UI brilliantly, and is a decent version 1.0 for those of you with Windows Phone devices. Hopefully the one glaring problem will be fixed with Windows Phone 8, which is due later this fall.