Skype Finally Offers an iPad App Then Removes it Due To Premature Release

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By: Hillel Fuld

I don’t even know what to make of this story. Skype, the company that leads the VoIP space and has recently announced it is going to be acquired by Microsoft for bilions of dollars still does not have an iPad app. It is one of the stranger stories and has everyone wondering what they are waiting for. Of course, Skype is not alone on this front, and even Facebook still does not have a native iPad app, but that is a different topic.

Finally, after months and months of waiting, Skype users were happy to discover a completely new app in the App Store. This was not a new version of the iPhone app that is optimized for iPad, this was a new app called Skype for iPad.

The app worked on Wifi and 3G, enabled users to call using the front and back cameras found on the iPad 2, and unlike Skype for Mac, the iPad app actually had a comfortable UI that would enable you to add new uses seamlessly. Except one slight problem.

Skype just tweeted that they are removing the app from the App Store as it “went live prematurely today”. Putting aside the question of how such a thing even happens, what on earth is Skype waiting for?

The app looked good, got initially positive reviews and already hit pretty much all the mainstream tech media, so why pull it?



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