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Skype for iPad Goes Live, Gets Pulled and Goes Live Again

Oh, what a night. Yesterday evening, Skype for iPad cropped up in the App Store and was available for download. However, not too long after, it was pulled. The official Skype Twitter account acknowledged that the app had been pushed live but said it was an accidental launch.

"To ensure your best Skype experience, we've temporarily removed Skype for iPad which went live prematurely today," the company said at about midnight last night, adding, "We know you've been eagerly awaiting Skype for iPad and apologize for the inconvenience."

Fortunately, for those of you not quick enough to nab the app during the short time it was live, Skype seems to have decided that the iPad app is ready for public consumption after all.

"Finally, Skype for iPad is now available," the company tweeted this morning.

In a blog post published at the same time, Skype's Rick Osterloh, Head of Product Management, said that two-way video calling, instant messaging, contacts, navigation and SMS-messaging had all been optimized for iPad. Users will also be able to switch between the iPad's front-facing and rear-facing cameras depending on what they want the caller to see. The app is free and will work over both WiFi and 3G.

Check the video below for a demo:

  • hoofhearted
    iPad sounds like the name of a feminine product
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  • feeddagoat
    There's something ironic about Skype on an ipad considering Microsoft owns it.
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  • sunflier
    quote]Skype for iPad Goes Live, Gets Pulled, double checks and gets 'OK' from Microsoft and Goes Live Again/the REAL story
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  • sunflier
    DANG IT. Can we get and edit option plz?!!
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  • sunflier
    Skype for iPad Goes Live, Gets Pulled, double checks and gets 'OK' from Microsoft and Goes Live Again
    /the REAL story
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  • soccerdocks
    hoofheartediPad sounds like the name of a feminine productHere you go. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsjU0K8QPhs
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  • Khimera2000
    I like that video! its the first time that I have seen a MS and a Mac product on the same stage that didn't involve some kind of bashing, plus it shows off some really neat potential of mobile video chat :)
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  • icepick314
    okay....now update Skype for Android to allow video chatting as well....
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  • lamorpa
    feeddagoatThere's something ironic about Skype on an ipad considering Microsoft owns it.It's not like MS Office has been on Macs for the last 20 years...
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  • liveonc
    If they don't take it down again, I can use Skype on an iPad Wi-Fi via a iPod 3G (if it allows tethering), to call an iPhone!
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