iPad app just pie in the Skype?

What on earth is going on at Skype? You'd think, being owned by Microsoft, one of the biggest software companies in the world, Skype would be ahead of the game, technology-wise. Apparently not. It seems the simple matter of building an iPad app for their service is proving massively problematic.

About a month ago, the company announced they were about to release an iPad version of their iOS app. This was great news - it meant iPad users had a proper rival to Apple's FaceTime, it meant they'd have 3G video-calling, and it showed Microsoft were serious about keeping Skype as a multi-platform service.

But then... nothing happened. A month went by with no sign of the Skype for iPad app actually appearing in the App Store.

Until today! A few hours ago iPad users suddenly started seeing the Skype app in the App Store. A few managed to download it, and found it crisp and well-designed. Nevertheless, mere hours later it had disappeared again, with Skype putting a message on Twitter that read: 'To ensure your best Skype experience, we've temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today. We know you've been eagerly awaiting Skype for iPad and apologize for the inconvenience.'

Hmm. All very strange. Sure, accidents happen, but for the app's release to have been delayed a month and for the company to still be finding bugs - which is presumably what happened - seems pretty worrying. Hopefully all will be resolved soon and, as soon as Skype for iPad reappears in the App Store, we'll let you know.

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