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Skype for iPad app hits Apple's App Store

August 2, 2011 |  2:13 pm

Skype for iPad app

Skype's iPad app finally arrived in Apple's App Store on Tuesday, after a bit of a technical stumble on Monday night.

Skype for iPad app The Microsoft-owned video calling service's Skype for iPad app mistakenly hit the App Store on Monday, and after a few iOS users were able to get in a download, the app was pulled down at Skype's request.

"To ensure your best Skype experience, we've temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today," the company tweeted Monday night.

Outside of being able to take advantage of the iPad's 9.7-inch screen, the Skype for iPad app isn't offering a lot of new features from the previously-released Skype app designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch. But that one point may be enough justification for a download for Skype users who have one of the Apple tablets.

As with all Skype apps -- on phone, tablet, laptop or desktop -- both voice and video calls can be made, as well as instant messages and text messages.

Skype, which Microsoft bought in May for $8.5 billion, has more than 170 million customers a month.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Twitter.com/nateog

Images: Screenshots of the Skype for iPad app. Credit: Skype / Apple

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